Wind Company Seeks Permission to Harm and Harass Marine Mammals During Offshore Surveying

Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC has applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for authorization to harm and harass numerous species of marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys off the coast of New Jersey and New York. If NMFS grants the authorization, it would allow the applicant to harm and harass North Atlantic right whales, humpback whales, fin whales, Sei whales, Minke whales, sperm whales, long-finned pilot whales, Atlantic white-sided dolphins, bottle nose dolphins, common dolphins, Atlantic spotted dolphins, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and gray seals during its survey project between April 20, 2022 and April 19, 2023. NMFS is accepting public comments on the application through February 28, 2022.