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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG75 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Incidental Take of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Polar Bears and Pacific Walruses in the Southern Beaufort Sea 

This proposed rule would authorize the incidental nonlethal take of small numbers of polar bears (Ursus maritimus) and Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in the Southern Beaufort Sea and adjacent coast of Alaska during seismic activities related to oil and gas industry for 5 years, as requested by SAE Inc. The Marine Mammal Protection Act directs FWS to issue regulations for up to 5 years to allow the incidental, unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals for specified activities (other than commercial fishing) in specific geographical areas provided certain findings are made.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 18   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1371(a)(5)(A)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  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:
Sierra Franks
Regulatory Program Branch Manager, Marine Mammal Management, Alaska
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
1011 East Tudor Road,
Anchorage, AK 99503
Phone:907 268-0577