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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ00 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Navy Training and Testing Activities in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing Study Area 
Abstract:

Pursuant to Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) (MMPA), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), upon application from the U.S. Navy (Navy), is proposing regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals by harassment incidental to military readiness training and testing activities to be conducted in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area. The proposed regulations would set forth the permissible methods of taking; other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the affected species or stocks and their habitats (i.e., mitigation); and requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking over the course of seven years commencing in June 2020.  Letters of Authorization (LOAs) issued under the regulations would authorize the take of marine mammals incidental to the Navy's specified training and testing activities to be conducted within the MITT Study Area off the coasts of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, throughout the in-water areas around the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC), the transit corridor between the MIRC and the Hawaii Range Complex, and at select pierside and harbor locations.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 218   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/31/2020  85 FR 5782   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/16/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400