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NMFS Authorizes Marine Mammal Takes During Explosive Removal of Offshore Oil and Gas Structures in the GOM
On July 31, 2012, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice that NMFS has issued has issued a one-year Letter of authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the explosive removal of offshore oil and gas structures in the Gulf of Mexico. NMFS issued this LOA pursuant to its authority under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and implementing regulations. This LOA is effective from September 3, 2012 through July 19, 2013, and it is issued to EOG Resources, Inc. It authorizes EOG to take in small numbers bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, Clymene dolphins, striped dolphins, spinner dolphins, rough-toothed dolphins, Risso's dolphins, melon-headed whales, short finned pilot whales, and sperm whales.

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