NMFS Considers Application for Harassment of Marine Mammals During Virginia Tunnel Construction Project

NMFS has received an application from the Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture for authorization to harass harbor seals, gray seals, bottlenose porpoises, harbor porpoises, and humpback whales during the course of the pile driving and removal phase of a tunnel construction project in Virginia Beach, Virginia. CTJV represents that 252 days of pile driving activity will be necessary, and any issued authorization will be effective for one year from the date of issuance. NMFS is seeking public comments and the comment period is open through November 12, 2021.