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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ30 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 Northwest 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), will work to develop proposed 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 Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) 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 November, 2020. NMFS’ proposed rule would cover take of individuals of 29 marine mammal species by Level A and B harassment, as well as small number of mortalities of large whale marine mammal species due to vessel strike.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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  06/02/2020  85 FR 33914   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/17/2020 
Final Action  08/00/2020 
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