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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG86 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Regulations Implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act; General Authorization for Scientific Research and Transfer of Marine Mammal Parts 

FWS will propose to amend the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to authorize, under a general authorization for scientific research, the taking of marine mammals by harassment for the purpose of scientific research that does not have the potential to injure marine mammals (Level B harassment). FWS will also propose to revise the regulations for the transfer of marine mammal parts for the purpose of scientific research.

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. 1361 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Mary Cogliano
Chief, Branch of Permits
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - International Affairs, 5275 Leesburg Pike,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-1991