Permit Amendment Would Allow Research on Additional Elephant Seals

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have received an application to amend an existing scientific research permit to allow the applicant to tag additional elephant seals along the California coast. If the amendment is authorized, the applicant’s permit will allow her to “harass” ten additional elephant seals up to twice per year during the course of tagging, measuring, and other evaluation annually through March 31, 2024. NMFS and NOAA are seeking comments through December 20, 2021.