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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL68 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys in the Gulf of Mexico 

NMFS has reassessed the statutorily mandated findings supporting its January 19, 2021, final rule and Regulations Governing Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Survey Activities in the Gulf of Mexico issued pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), in light of updated information following the discovery that the estimates of incidental take of marine mammals anticipated from the activities, analyzed for the 2021 final rule, were erroneous. This final rule will correct this error and will consider and incorporate other newly available and pertinent information relevant to the analyses supporting some of the findings in the 2021 final rule and the taking allowable under the regulations. The rule will not change the specified activities or the specified geographical region in which those activities would be conducted, nor to the original 5-year period of effectiveness.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
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  01/05/2023  88 FR 916   
NPRM Comment Period End  02/06/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
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:
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