Stop The Navy From Deploying LFAS

Your letter must be postmarked by May 31

Public hearings will be held in Los Angeles on April 26
Honolulu on April 28 and Washington D.C. on May 3

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

       Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy Operations
of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar

     ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comment.

     SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy requesting a Letter of Authorization (LOA) for the take of small numbers of marine mammals by harassment incidental to Navy operations of the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active (LFA) Sonar. By this document, NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take. In order to issue the LOA and issue final regulations governing the take, NMFS must determine that the taking will have a negligible impact on the affected species and stocks of marine mammals, will (if appropriate through implementation of appropriate mitigation measures) be at the lowest level practicable, and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses. NMFS invites comment on the application, and the regulations.

     DATES: Comments must be postmarked no later than May 18, 2001. A petition requesting NMFS to hold a public hearing must be submitted no later than April 3, 2001. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-mail or the Internet.

     Comments regarding the burden-hour estimate or any other aspect of the collection of information requirement contained in this rule should be sent to the Chief, and to the Office of Information
and Regulatory Affairs,
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Attention: NOAA Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20503.

Comments should be addressed to:

Donna Wieting, Chief,
Marine Mammal Conservation Division
Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226

A copy of the application, a list of references used in this document and a list of principal commenters on this action, are available and may be obtained by writing to this address or by telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).


Kenneth R. Hollingshead (301) 713-2322, ext. 128.


     Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and regulations are issued.

     Permission may be granted for periods of 5 years or less if the Secretary finds that the taking will be small, have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) of affected marine mammals, and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses, and if regulations are prescribed setting forth the permissible methods of taking and the requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

Act Now Send Your Fax

The National Marine Fisheries Service is accepting public comments through May 18, 2001, on whether to grant the Navy's LFA permit request. Use the form below to fax a message to the chief of the Fisheries Service's Marine Mammal Conservation Division, telling her to deny the Navy's request to deploy LFA sonar.

To: Donna Wieting, National Marine Fisheries Service

From: (your name)

Your city, state or province, & country

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Subject: Deny the Navy's application to deploy LFA sonar

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