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NMFS Issues MMPA Regulations for GOM Liquefied Natural Gas Port
The Natural Marine Fisheries Service, upon request of Port Dolphin Energy LLC, has issued regulations pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to port construction and operations at the Port Dolphin Deepwater Port in the Gulf of Mexico, over the course of five years; approximately June 2013 through May 2018. These regulations allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes. They prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. These regulations are effective from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2018.

  • Click here to read NMFS' Federal Register notice of these regulations
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