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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BB38 Publication ID: Spring 2021 
Title: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico 

The National Marine Fisheries Service is taking this action in response to an October 17, 2016, petition from the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), to promulgate regulations governing the authorization of take of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas industry geophysical surveys conducted in support of hydrocarbon exploration and development on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico from approximately 2021 through 2026.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 217   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial  Court settlement agreement and litigation stay expires December 1, 2020.  12/01/2020 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/22/2018  83 FR 29212   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/21/2018 
Final Rule  01/19/2021  86 FR 5322   
Final Rule; Correction  04/09/2021  86 FR 18476   
Final Rule; Correction Effective   04/09/2021 
Final Rule Effective  04/19/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Energy Effects: Statement of Energy Effects planned as required by Executive Order 13211.  Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Catherine Marzin
Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400