Permits and Authorizations for Activities that May Impact Marine Mammals
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback whale tails. Photo: Dave Csepp

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."

Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP)

Permits or Authorizations for Marine Mammal Takes

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