NMFS Authorizes Harassment of Harbor Seals During Tidal Marsh Restoration

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced the issuance of a Marine Mammal Protection Act Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife to harass (but not harm) harbor seals during the course of the state agency’s completion of a 122-acre restoration project in the Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh in Monterey County. The IHA is effective from September 16, 2021, through September 15, 2022.