National Marine Fisheries Service Authorizes Harm to Protected Species in West Coast Fishery

After making a finding of “negligible impact,” the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a permit under the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act authorizing the incidental, but not intentional, harm and harassment of protected aquatic species and marine mammals in the course of commercial fishing in the sablefish pot fishery off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. The permit is effective for a period of three years beginning December 8, 2021.