Jurisdiction for the Marine Mammal Protection Act is shared by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service in Alaska. FWS has current Incidental Take Regulations for the South Beaufort Sea that considered the preliminary stages of the Alaska LNG Project; however, FWS has not yet received a request for a Letter of Authorization (LOA) from the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) for the likely effects of the project on polar bears and Pacific walrus there. In addition, AGDC may want to request an Intentional Take Authorization for polar bears for its construction activities on the North Slope. In its request for a LOA, AGDC should include a description of the planned activity, the time of the activity, and the location. Typically, a LOA could be processed in 90 days.
The Alaska LNG Project proposes an export terminal at the Cook Inlet. FWS recommends that AGDC request an Incidental Take Regulation for sea otters in the Cook Inlet.
Marine mammals in agency's jurisdiction and in geographic area:
Polar bears, Pacific walrus: South Beaufort Sea, Chukchi Sea