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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BF13 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Marine Mammals; Incidental Take During Specified Activities; North Slope, Alaska 

This final rule, in response to a request from the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, issued regulations authorizing the nonlethal, incidental, unintentional take by harassment of small numbers of polar bears and Pacific walruses during year-round oil and gas industry activities in the Beaufort Sea (Alaska and the Outer Continental Shelf) and adjacent northern coast of Alaska.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 18   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/01/2021  86 FR 29364   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/01/2021 
Final Action  08/05/2021  86 FR 42982   
Final Action Effective  08/05/2021 
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:
Patrick Lemons
Chief, Marine Mammals Management
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 East Tudor Road,
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone:907 786-3668