NMFS Announces Authorization for Harassment of Marine Mammals

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the National Science Foundation—which manages all U.S. research in Antarctica—for potential harm and harassment of seventeen species of cetaceans and pinnipeds during pile driving associated with the Palmer Station Pier Replacement Project in Anvers Island, Antarctica. The affected species include blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and Weddell seals. The IHA is effective from October 27, 2021 through October 26, 2022.