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Biological Opinion on the issuance of Permit No. 17304-03 for scientific research on sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Published Date:
    2017
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Endangered Species Act Interagency Cooperation Division, ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources, ;
  • Description:
    "In partnership with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the researchers are initiating a new project as part of the Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS). The overall intent of GoMMAPPS is to collect broad-scale surveys for protected species to inform the distribution and abundance of marine animals across years and seasons. This inforemation will help BOEM and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement assess the risk to sea turtles of various activities associated with oil and gas operations in the GoM. The U.S. Geological Survey will be leading the sea turtle portion of the GoMMAPPS project which involves capturing, sampling and tracking turtles in BOEM's central and western planning areas. This project is funded by BOEM for five years. The Permit modification No. 17304-03 would expand the action area to authorize capture from the Louisiana/Texas border to the Texas/Mexico border in the Gulf of Mexico into BOEM's central and western planning areas. In addition, one-hundred more green (North Atlantic DPS) sea turtles would be authorized for capture and research"--[Page 2]. [Consultation Tracking number: FPR-2017-9208]. [doi:10.7289/V5W09441 (https://doi.org/10.7289/V5W09441)].

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