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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK57 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Coast Guard's Alaska Facility Maintenance and Repair Activities 

Based on an application from the U.S. Coast Guard, NMFS is issuing regulations under our authority under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (Section 101(a)(5)(A), 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities related to maintenance and upgrades to waterfront structures at eight U.S. Coast Guard facilities in Alaska. The regulations will set forth the permissible methods of taking; means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the affected species or stocks and their habitats; and requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. Letters of Authorization issued under the regulations would authorize the take of marine mammals incidental to the specified activities for a 5-year period. The rulemaking will only affect the U.S. Coast Guard.

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 217   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/28/2023  88 FR 26432   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/30/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
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:
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