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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK07 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Navy Testing and Training Activities in the Point Mugu Sea Range 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 incidental to military readiness training and testing activities to be conducted in the Point Mugu Sea Range (PMSR) 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 October 2021. A Letter of Authorization (LOA) issued under the regulations would authorize the take of marine mammals incidental to the Navy’s specified training and testing activities to be conducted within the PMSR Study Area. 

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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 218   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/16/2021  86 FR 37790   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/30/2021 
Final Action  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kim Damon-Randall
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