U.S. Navy Seeks Permission to Harm Marine Mammals During Pier Construction Project

The United States Navy applied for incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to harm and harass marine mammals incidental to the replacement of a pier at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia. The IHA would authorize the Navy to harm and harass humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, harbor porpoises, harbor seals, and gray seals during the construction project. The National Marine Fisheries Service is seeking public comments on the application through February 25, 2022.