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NMFS Publishes Final Take Rules for Navy's Gulf and Atlantic Fleet Sonar
On January 27, 2009, the United States National Marine Fisheries Service published final rules governing the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to Navy activities conducted off the U.S. Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico for the period of January 2009 through January 2014. NMFS published these rules pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA).

These rules allow for the issuance of "Letters of Authorization'' (LOAs) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes; prescribe the permissible methods of taking; prescribe other means of affecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species and their habitat; and impose requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such takings.

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