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May 2, 2006
Focus: Environment
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Location: United States
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 011806L]

Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Training Events Within the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area (OpArea)


AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS ), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application and proposed incidental take authorization; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting RIMPAC ASW training events, in which submarines, surface ships, and aircraft from the United States and multiple foreign nations participate in ASW training exercises, utilizing mid-frequency sonar (1 kilohertz (kHz) to 10 kHz), in the U.S. Navy’s Hawaiian Operating Area (OpArea) in the summer of 2006.

Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an authorization to the Navy to incidentally harass several species of marine mammals during the training exercises.

DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than May 24, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to

Steve Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division,
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service,
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225.

The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.011806L@noaa.gov.

NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here.

Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10–megabyte file size. A copy of the application containing a list of the references used in this document may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed below (see

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm.

Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. In March, 2006, the Navy prepared a revised 2006 Supplement on the 2002 Programmatic Environmental Assessment on RIMPAC. That document will be posted on the Navy’s website (http://www.smdcen.us/rimpac06/) concurrently with this notice and the Navy will be accepting public comments. The Navy has also prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS ) for its Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR), which contains detailed supporting information for some of the issues discussed in this document and may be viewed at: http://projects.earthtech.com.

NMFS’ Ocean Acoustics Program has made additional information and references relating to the effects of anthropogenic sound available on the NMFS website at:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/bibliography.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jolie Harrison,
Office of Protected Resources, NMFS,
(301) 713–2289, ext 166.

SOURCE: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/fr/fr71-20986.pdf



Thanks to Barbara for bringing this to my attention:

http://www.care2.com/c2c/groups/disc.html?gpp=4530&pst=319186


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