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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Fishing gear. Photo: MGC, AFSC

Protected Resources Division

Permits and Authorizations

Permits and authorizations are required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to conduct activities that may result in the "taking" of a protected species. Take is defined by the ESA as "to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct". Take is defined by the MMPA as "to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill any marine mammal."

EIS on Incidental Take Authorizations

  • Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental impacts of issuing Incidental Take Authorizations (ITAs) pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the taking of marine mammals incidental to anthropogenic activities in the waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska. NMFS will hold a public scoping meeting to begin the scoping process. Comments, written statements, and questions regarding the scoping process and preparation of the EIS must be received no later than December 29, 2014. NEW!

Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP)


Permits or Authorizations for Marine Mammal Takes


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