National Marine Fisheries Service Considers Application for Harassment of Marine Mammals During Railway Bridge Maintenance Project

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) received an application from BNSF for authorization to harass numerous marine mammal species during a railway bridge maintenance project in King County, Washington. If issued, the incidental harassment authorization would allow BNSF to harass the following species during its construction project: Minke whales, bottlenose dolphins, long-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, California sea lions, Stellar sea lions, and harbor seals. NMFS is accepting public comments on the application through March 2, 2022.