NOAA Proposes Permit Approval for Low Energy Research-related Seismic Survey in So. Atlantic

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by Thursday, Sept. 4 regarding its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to the National Science Foundation and Antarctic Support Contract (on behalf of University of Texas at Austin and University of Memphis) to take 26 species of marine mammals by Level… More »


NMFS Proposes Authorization for Research-related Seismic Survey Offshore North Carolina

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, Sept. 2 regarding its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to take 24 species of marine mammals by Level B harassment while conducting a 2-D seismic survey in waters located 10-262 miles offshore Cape… More »


Marine and Terrestrial Critical Habitat Designated for Loggerhead Sea Turtle DPS

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recently announced a final rule designating areas in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico that are within the Northwest Atlantic Ocean loggerhead sea turtle Distinct Population Segment (DPS) as critical habitat. The loggerhead sea turtle was originally listed as threatened in 1978, and the Northwest Atlantic Ocean DPS… More »


U.S. Interior, Commerce Dept.’s Issue Policy Clarifying ESA Definition

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) and National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) announced a new policy clarifying the meaning of the phrase “significant portion of its range” in the Endangered Species Act as applicable to ESA listing determinations.  The new policy takes effect on Thursday, July 31. Under the new policy, FWS and NMFS can list… More »