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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ06 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 Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area 

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), proposes 7-year MMPA regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals by harassment, and a small number of mortalities, incidental to military readiness training and testing activities to be conducted in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Study Area. On December 21, 2018, NMFS issued 5-year regulations governing the taking of marine mammals incidental to Navy training and testing activities conducted in the HSTT Study Area (83 FR 66846). During the processing of the Navy’s request, on August 13, 2018, the 2019 NDAA (Public Law No. 115-232) amended the MMPA to allow incidental take regulations for military readiness activities to be issued for up to seven years. If finalized, these proposed regulations would replace the existing HSTT regulations and associated Letters of Authorization (LOAs) such that they would cover incidental take caused by seven years of training and testing activities instead of five, extending the expiration date from December 20, 2023, to December 20, 2025. The Navy proposes no changes to their currently authorized specified activities, mitigation measures, monitoring, or reporting.

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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/13/2019  84 FR 48388   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/15/2019 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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