U.S. Navy Seeks Authorization to Harass Marine Mammals During Construction Project

The National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from the U.S. Navy for a Letter of Authorization to allow incidental harm and harassment to several marine mammal species during the Navy’s construction project at Naval Station Newport in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island, between 2022-2027. The affected species include Atlantic white sided dolphin, common dolphins, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, harp seals, gray seals, and hooded seals. The public comment period is open through November 12, 2021.