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WHOI NOAA Fish Tests
Final Rule: Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities;  U.S. Navy Training  Activities  in the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

SUMMARY: Upon application from the U.S. Navy  (Navy), we ( NMFS) are issuing regulations  under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to govern the unintentional taking of marine  mammals incidental to the training activities conducted in the Gulf of Alaska  (GOA)  Temporary  Maritime Activities Area (TMAA)  Study Area (hereafter referred to the Study Area)  from May  2017 through May 2022 . 

These regulations allow us to issue a Letter of Authorization (LOA)  for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy’s specified activities and time frames,  set forth the permissible methods of taking, set forth other means of effecting the least  practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, and set forth  requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of the incidental ta ke. DATES: Effective  April 26, 2017 , through  April 26, 2022 . ADDRESSES: To obtain an electronic copy of the Navy’s  LOA  application or other referenced  documents, visit the internet at:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/inci...litary.htm

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