Marine Mammal Take Authorized for Research-related Seismic Survey Offshore NC

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced its decision to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to take 30 species of marine mammals by Level B harassment (including the North Atlantic right whale) while conducting a 2-D seismic survey offshore North Carolina. The survey is being carried out… More »


NMFS Begins 5-Year Status Review of Endangered Sperm Whale

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Friday, November 7 on its initiation of a 5-year review to determine whether the listing of the sperm whale as endangered throughout its range is accurate (the sperm whale has been listed as such since 1970).  In the U.S., sperm whales… More »


Draft Recovery Plan for Two Coral Species Addresses Offshore Oil & Gas

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 20 on a draft recovery plan for elkhorn and staghorn coral, both of which have been listed as threatened since 2006. The draft recovery plan notes that “there are likely” few areas where elkhorn and staghorn corals may possibly… More »


NMFS Discusses Offshore Oil & Gas in IHA for Atlantic Seismic Survey

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced its issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to the U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and National Science Foundation to take 34 species of marine mammals by Level B harassment while conducting a 2-D seismic survey at water depths of 4,593-17,716 feet in EEZ and… More »