Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Navy Training and Testing in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Study Area

Docket ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0029
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Parent Agency: Department of Commerce (DOC)
Pursuant to Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), upon application from the U.S. Navy (Navy), plans to issue regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to activities conducted in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area. The regulations set forth the permissible methods of taking, other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the affected species or stocks and their habitats (i.e., mitigation), and the requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. Implementation of the above training and testing activities may expose marine mammals present within the AFTT Study Area to sound from active sonar, underwater detonations, and pile driving and removal. NMFS rule cover take of individuals of 45 marine mammal species by Level B (behavioral) Harassment. Further, the rule covered some Level A (injury) harassment and mortality of marine mammal species over the 5-year period.
RIN: 0648-BC53
Impacts and Effects: None
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 218
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Spring 2014
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 USC 1361 et seq
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: Federal
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: No
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM01/31/201378 FR 7049
Final Action12/04/201378 FR 73009
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Related RINs: 0648-BC53
Related Dockets: None
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Period Closed
Mar 11, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 01/31/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0029-0001
Comment Period Closed
Posted: 12/04/2013
ID: NOAA-NMFS-2013-0029-0968

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Agency Contact
Donna Wieting
Fishery Biologist, Office of Protected Resources
301 713-2322
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910
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