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NMFS Issues Controversial L-DEO Permit
On August 25, 2009, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice that it has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a part of Columbia University, to take small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in the northeast Pacific Ocean. This IHA is effective from August 19, 2009 through October 13, 2009. The seismic research vessel is the R/V Marcus G. Langseth.

This IHA is noteworthy because NMFS responds to 24 separate public comments in its Federal Register notice of the IHA. The L-DEO seismic research voyages are becoming increasingly controversial. This one is being challenged in Canadian court. According to news articles at the time this article was posted, the Canadian court rejected the plaintiffs' claims and did not stop the Langseth's seismic voyage.

  • Click here to read NMFS' Federal Register notice
  • Click here to read news article on Canadian court decision

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