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CRE Challenges NMFS' Statements about Seismic and Sperm Whale Foraging
On December 24, 2008, the Center for Regulatory Effectiveness filed comments with the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service which challenged NMFS' statement that seismic surveys may cause adverse foraging effects on sperm whales.

NMFS made this statement in a proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization for the R/V Marcus G. Langseth. The Langseth is owned the National Science Foundation and is operated by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. NMFS's proposed IHA covers the Langseth's seismic surveys in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. The IHA would be issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

CRE's comments to NMFS on the proposed Langseth IHA show that NMFS' statement about foraging effects is inaccurate and misleading. Therefore, CRE's comments ask that NMFS delete or correct the statement.

  • Click here to read CRE's comments on the Langseth IHA

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