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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF13 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Marine Mammals; Incidental Take During Specified Activities; Polar Bears and Pacific Walruses in the Southern Beaufort Sea and Adjacent Alaskan Coast 

The Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizes issuance of regulations to allow the incidental, unintentional take of small number of marine mammals in activities (other than commercial fishing) in specific geographical areas. Industry may request such regulations, which shall be allowed as long as certain findings are made. The Alaska Oil and Gas Association has requested these regulations, which would authorize incidental take of polar bears and Pacific walrus in the Southern Beaufort Sea and adjacent northern coast of Alaska during oil and gas industry activities for a 5-year period.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 18   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Christopher Putnam
Supervisory Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Marine Mammals Management
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 East Tudor Road, MS 341,
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone:907 786-3844
Fax:907 786-3816