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Title 50Chapter IISubchapter CPart 217Subpart L → §217.112


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 217—REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE TAKE OF MARINE MAMMALS INCIDENTAL TO SPECIFIED ACTIVITIES
Subpart L—Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Conducting Precision Strike Weapon and Air-to-Surface Gunnery Missions at Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range (EGTTR) in the Gulf of Mexico


§217.112   Permissible methods of taking.

(a) Under a Letter of Authorization issued pursuant to §§216.106 and 217.117 of this chapter, the Holder of the Letter of Authorization may incidentally, but not intentionally, take marine mammals by Level A and Level B harassment within the area described in §217.110(b) of this chapter, provided the activity is in compliance with all terms, conditions, and requirements of this subpart and the appropriate Letter of Authorization.

(b) The activities identified in §217.110(c) of this chapter must be conducted in a manner that minimizes, to the greatest extent practicable, any adverse impact on marine mammals and their habitat.

(c) The incidental take of marine mammals under the activities identified in §217.110(c) is limited to the following species, by the indicated method of take and the indicated number:

(1) Level B Harassment:

(i) Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)—2,200 (an average of 444 annually);

(ii) Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)—1,765 (an average of 353 annually);

(iii) Pantropical spotted dolphin (S. attenuate)—15 (an average of 3 annually);

(iv) Spinner dolphin (S. longirostris)—15 (an average of 3 annually);

(v) Dwarf or pygmy sperm whale (Kogia simus or Kogia breviceps)—10 (an average of 2 annually).

(2) Level A Harassment:

(i) Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)—25 (an average of 5 annually);

(ii) Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis)—20 (an average of 4 annually).

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