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Environmental assessment, issuance of incidental harassment authorizations to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and University of California Santa Cruz to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring along the U.S. Pacific coast
  • 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 one application from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Ocean Service's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (GFNMS) and one application from the University of California Santa Cruz's (UCSC) Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) for Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to conducting rocky intertidal monitoring (for abalone) along the U.S. Pacific coast. GFNMS proposes to continue rocky intertidal monitoring in areas previously unexplored for black abalone for periods of four to eight days in November and February, which is a continuation of a long-term study that began in 1992, and, at present, is anticipated to continue for several years. Sampling sites are located along the South Farallon Islands, California, which are situated inside the boundaries of NOAA's Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. PISCO conducts ongoing rocky intertidal monitoring along the U.S. Pacific coast, with monitoring occurring at rocky intertidal sites, often large bedrock benches, from the high intertidal to the water's edge. All sites are located along the Oregon and California coasts. Sites are sampled throughout the year, with most sites sampled one to three times per year over a one day period per site. GFNMS' and PISCO's activities, which have the potential to behaviorally disturb marine mammals, warrant issuance of incidental take authorizations 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 two separate one-year IHAs 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 rocky intertidal monitoring surveys. More specifically, this EA, titled 'Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorizations to the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and University of California Santa Cruz to Take Marine Mammals by Harassment Incidental to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring along the U.S. Pacific Coast' (hereinafter, EA), addresses the impacts on the human environment that would result from issuance of these IHAs for MMPA Level B takes of marine mammals during the monitoring surveys, taking into account the mitigation measures required in the IHA"--Page 4.

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