The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published its Incidental Harassment Authorization for a wharf to be constructed in Hood Canal, Washington. NMFS issued this IHA pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This IHA contains an extensive discussion of the acoustics of pile driving and their effects on marine mammals. These issues are discussed in part during NMFS’ responses to the Marine Mammal Commission’s comments on NMFS’ draft IHA.
Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this IHA.