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Environmental assessment, issuance of an incidental harassment authorization to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to a bird mitigation research trial in the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge
  • Published Date:
    2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources. ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has received an application from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a bird mitigation research trial in the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge. The USFWS plans to conduct a research trial to assess potential bird hazing methods that could be used to minimize the risk of rodent bait ingestion by non-target species, if such an action is chosen, during a proposed house mouse eradication. Removal of the invasive house mice would protect seabirds, assist in the recovery of native plants and endemic species, and prevent the spread of disease to marine mammals. USFWS' activities, which have the potential to behaviorally disturb marine mammals, would require an incidental take authorization from NMFS under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1631 et seq.). The proposed action considered in this Environmental Assessment (EA) is NMFS' issuance of a 1-year IHA under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA, for the taking, by Level B harassment only, of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to the research trial. More specifically, this EA, titled 'Issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Take Marine Mammals by Harassment Incidental to a Bird Mitigation Research Trial in the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge' (hereinafter, EA), addresses the impacts on the human environment that would result from issuance of this IHA for MMPA Level B takes of marine mammals during the research trial, taking into account the mitigation measures required in the IHA"--Page 4.

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