NOAA Seeks Permission from FWS for Polar Bear Research and Monitoring

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Alaska Fisheries Science Center applied to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) for a Marine Mammal Protection Act Permit to conduct aerial surveys of polar bears in the wild. The surveys will be used to estimate abundance and for detection and classification model development for the purpose of scientific research over a five-year period. FWS will accept public comments on the permit application through September 26, 2022.