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NMFS Seeks Comment on IHA for Cook Inlet
The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Apache Alaska Corporation for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between January 2013 and January 2014. NMFS proposes to grant this IHA application pursuant to its authority under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comments on this proposed IHA must be received by NMFS no later than January 9, 2013.

This is the second IHA application NMFS has received from Apache for takes of marine mammals incidental to conducting a seismic survey in Cook Inlet. On April 30, 2012, NMFS issued a one-year IHA to Apache for their first season of seismic acquisition in Cook Inlet (77 FR 27720). Except for the location and the size of the survey area, the activities proposed for the second survey season are essentially the same as those conducted during the first season.

  • Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of seeking comment on Apache's second IHA application
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