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ESA AND MMPA INCIDENTAL TAKE PERMITS FOR SURTASS LFA SONAR

2019 ESA Programmatic Biological Opinion/Incidental Take Statement for SURTASS LFA Sonar (effective with 2019 MMPA 7-Year Final Rule from 2019 to 2026)

2019 MMPA 7-Year Proposed Rule

2018 MMPA Application for Rulemaking and a Letter of Authorization

2017 National Defense Exemption (NDE) to MMPA.

2017 ESA 5-Year (2017-2022) Biological Opinion/Incidental Take Statement for SURTASS LFA Sonar.

2017 MMPA 5-Year Proposed Rule.

2012 MMPA 5-Year Final Rule for SURTASS LFA Sonar.

2012 SURTASS LFA Rule BiOp Final

2016 to 2017 MMPA Letters of Authorization for the USNS VICTORIOUS, USNS ABLE , USNS EFFECTIVE, and USNS IMPECCABLE.

2016 NMFS Notice, Issuance of Four Letters of Authorization.

2016 to 2017 ESA Section 7 Biological Opinion/Conference Report

2015 to 2016 MMPA Letters of Authorization for the USNS VICTORIOUS, USNS ABLE , USNS EFFECTIVE, and USNS IMPECCABLE.

2015 NMFS Notice, Issuance of Four Letters of Authorization.

2015 to 2016 ESA Section 7 Biological Opinion/Conference Report


ANNUAL AND COMPREHENSIVE MITIGATION MONITORING REPORTS

NDE Annual Report: 2017 to 2018 (October 2018)

Final Comprehensive Report for Operation of SURTASS LFA Sonar (December 2011).

Final Comprehensive Report for Operation of SURTASS LFA Sonar (December 2016).

Annual Report 1: 2012 to 2013 (October 2013).

Annual Report 2: 2013 to 2014 (November 2014).

Annual Report 3: 2014 to 2015 (September 2015).

Annual Report 4: 2015 to 2016 (October 2016).

Annual Report 5: 2016 to 2017 (September 2017).


NEPA AND EXECUTIVE ORDER 12114 DOCUMENTATION

2019 (August) Record of Decision.

2019 (June) Final SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar Training and Testing Activities.

2018 (August) Draft SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar Training and Testing Activities.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published the notice of availability of the SURTASS LFA Draft SEIS/SOEIS on September 7, 2018 (83 FR 174: 45442) (EIS No. 20180203).

2017 (June) Final SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published their notice of availability of the SURTASS LFA Final SEIS/SOEIS on July 7, 2017 (82 FR 129: 31597) (EIS No. 20170121).

2016 (August) Draft SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published their notice of availability of the SURTASS LFA Draft SEIS/SOEIS on August 26, 2016 (81 FR 166). The public comment period is open until October 11, 2016.

2015 (June) Notice of Intent to Prepare SEIS/SOEIS.

2015 (March) Supplemental Record of Decision.
The Navy published the Notice of Supplemental Decision and Availability in the Federal Register on April 2, 2015 (80 FR 17732).

2015 (January) Final SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published their notice of availability of the SURTASS LFA Final SEIS/SOEIS on January 30, 2015 (80 FR 5109).

2014 (October) Draft SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) published their notice of availability of the SURTASS LFA Draft SEIS/SOEIS on October 24, 2014 (79 FR 63622). The public comment period ended on December 8, 2014.

2014 Notice of Intent to Prepare SEIS/SOEIS.

2012 (August) Record of Decision for SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS.

2012 (June) Final SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar: Executive Summary.

2012 (June) Final SURTASS LFA SEIS.

2011 Draft SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar: Chapters 1-10.

2011 Draft SEIS/SOEIS for SURTASS LFA Sonar: Appendices A-E.

2009 Notice of Intent to Prepare SEIS/SOEIS.

2007 SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Vol. 1.

2007 SURTASS LFA Sonar SEIS/SOEIS Vol. 2.


ADDITIONAL ITEMS

Harbor Porpoise Desktop Study (February 28, 2019)

Beaked Whale and Harbor Porpoise Research Recommendations (July 2017), 2012 Final Rule, Monitoring and Reporting Requirement

2013 Scientific Advisory Group (SAG) Report on Potential Effects of SURTASS LFA Sonar on Beaked Whales and Harbor Porpoises.

The Record of Decision (ROD) for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar – August 2012.

The Record of Decision (ROD) for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar – 15 August 2007.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries Service has posted the SURTASS LFA Sonar 2007 Final Rule on their web site (external link).

Final Environmental Impact Statement for SURTASS LFA Sonar – January 2001

NOAA’s Final Rule on SURTASS LFA sonar – 16 July 2002

The ROD for SURTASS LFA Sonar – 23 July 2002.

SURTASS LFA High Frequency Marine Mammal Monitoring (HF/M3) Sonar: System Description and Test & Evaluation, 26 November 1999, Rev November 2001.

Selection of 180 dB as the Upper Reference Point in the Risk Continuum for SURTASS LFA Sonar Signals.

Review of the potential for in vivo tissue damage by exposure to underwater sound

Additional NMFS publications regarding the Navy’s request for a small take authorization (external link, scroll down the NMFS page to see the list of publications.)

The Joint Interim Report – Bahamas Marine Mammal Stranding Event of 15-16 March 2000 is available on the NOAA/NMFS web site (external link).

GAO Report to the Honorable Patsy Mink, House of Representatives, Testing Needed to Prove SURTASS/LFA Effectiveness in Littoral Waters (external link).

SURTASS LFA transmissions (with whale songs) (979K Audio file)

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