FWS Accepting Public Comments on MMPA Permit Applications

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published notice of its receipt of two Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) permit applications. The North Slope Borough, Department of Wildlife Management in Anchorage Alaska seeks to collect fecal samples, collect tissue samples from dead individuals, and conduct non-invasive sampling of wild walruses and polar bears for scientific research over the next five years. BBC Studios seeks a permit to photograph West Indian manatees in Florida for commercial photography over the next five years. FWS will accept comments on the applications through January 3, 2023.