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Title 50Chapter IISubchapter CPart 218Subpart O → §218.142


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 218—REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE TAKING AND IMPORTING OF MARINE MAMMALS
Subpart O—Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy's Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area


§218.142   Permissible methods of taking.

(a) Under Letters of Authorization (LOAs) issued pursuant to §218.147, the Holder of, and those operating under, the LOA may incidentally, but not intentionally, take marine mammals within the area described in §218.140, provided the activity is in compliance with all terms, conditions, and requirements of these regulations and the appropriate LOA.

(b) The activities identified in §218.140(c) must be conducted in a manner that minimizes, to the greatest extent practicable, any adverse impacts on marine mammals and their habitat.

(c) The incidental take of marine mammals under the activities identified in §218.140(c) is limited to the following species, by the identified method of take and the indicated number of times:

(1) Level B Harassment for all Training Activities:

(i) Mysticetes:

(A) Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Eastern North Pacific—25 (an average of 5 per year).

(B) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), California, Oregon, and Washington (CA/OR/WA)—125 (an average of 25 per year).

(C) Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Eastern North Pacific—30 (an average of 6 per year).

(D) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), CA/OR/WA—60 (an average of 12 per year).

(E) Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), CA/OR/WA—90 (an average of 18 per year).

(ii) Odontocetes:

(A) Baird's beaked whale (Berardius bairdii), CA/OR/WA—2,955 (an average of 591 per year).

(B) Mesoplodont beaked whale (Mesoplodon spp.), CA/OR/WA—7,085 (an average of 1,417 per year).

(C) Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), CA/OR/WA—1,765 (an average of 353 per year).

(D) Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoidea dalli), CA/OR/WA—18,178 (an average of 3,730 per year).

(E) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern OR/WA Coast—175,030 (an average of 35,006 per year).

(F) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern CA/Southern OR—262,545 (an average of 52,509 per year).

(G) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), WA Inland Waters—4,409 (an average of 1,417 per year).

(H) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), West Coast Transient—39 (an average of 9 per year).

(I) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Eastern North Pacific Offshore—65 (an average of 13 per year).

(J) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Eastern North Pacific Southern Resident—6 (an average of 2 per year).

(K) Kogia spp., CA/OR/WA—365 (an average of 73 per year).

(L) Northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis), CA/OR/WA—6,660 (an average of 1,332 per year).

(M) Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), CA/OR/WA—17,408 (an average of 3,482 per year).

(N) Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus), CA/OR/WA—3,285 (an average of 657 per year).

(O) Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), CA/OR/WA—3,670 (an average of 734 per year).

(P) Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), CA/OR/WA—405 (an average of 81 per year).

(Q) Striped dolphin (Stenella coerulealba), CA/OR/WA—110 (an average of 22 per year).

(iii) Pinnipeds:

(A) California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), U.S.—4,038 (an average of 814 per year).

(B) Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), Eastern U.S.—1,986 (an average of 404 per year).

(C) Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi), Mexico—35 (an average of 7 per year).

(D) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), WA Northern Inland Waters—1,855 (an average of 427 per year).

(E) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Southern Puget Sound—252 (an average of 58 per year).

(F) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Hood Canal—2,054 (an average of 452 per year).

(G) Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), CA Breeding—6,353 (an average of 1,271 per year).

(H) Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Eastern Pacific—12,475 (an average of 2,495 per year).

(I) Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), California—185 (an average of 37 per year).

(2) Level A Harassment for all Training Activities:

(i) Mysticetes:

(A)-(B) [Reserved]

(ii) Odontocetes:

(A) Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoidea dalli), CA/OR/WA—20 (an average of 4 per year).

(B) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), WA Inland Waters—5 (an average of 1 per year).

(iii) Pinnipeds:

(A) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), WA Northern Inland Waters—20 (an average of 4 per year).

(B) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Hood Canal—10 (an average of 2 per year).

(C) [Reserved]

(3) Level B Harassment for all Testing Activities:

(i) Mysticetes:

(A) Blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Eastern North Pacific—30 (an average of 6 per year).

(B) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), CA/OR/WA—170 (an average of 34 per year).

(C) Fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), Northeast Pacific—10 (an average of 2 per year).

(D) Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Eastern North Pacific—60 (an average of 12 per year).

(E) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Central North Pacific—5 (an average of 1 per year).

(F) Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), CA/OR/WA—220 (an average of 44 per year).

(G) Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), CA/OR/WA—90 (an average of 18 per year).

(H) Sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis), Eastern North Pacific—10 (an average of 2 per year).

(ii) Odontocetes:

(A) Baird's beaked whale (Berardius bairdii), Alaska—125 (an average of 25 per year).

(B) Baird's beaked whale (Berardius bairdii), CA/OR/WA—745 (an average of 149 per year).

(C) Mesoplodont beaked whale (Mesoplodon spp.), CA/OR/WA—1,845 (an average of 369 per year).

(D) Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), Alaska—75 (an average of 15 per year).

(E) Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), CA/OR/WA—455 (an average of 91 per year).

(F) Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoidea dalli), Alaska—6,000 (an average of 1,200 per year).

(G) Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoidea dalli), CA/OR/WA—50,785 (an average of 10,157 per year).

(H) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Southeast Alaska—4,630 (an average of 926 per year).

(I) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern OR/WA Coast—86,060 (an average of 17,212 per year).

(J) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern CA/Southern OR—129,095 (an average of 25,819 per year).

(K) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), WA Inland Waters—27,045 (an average of 5,409 per year).

(L) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Alaska Resident—10 (an average of 2 per year).

(M) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), West Coast Transient—1,035 (an average of 207 per year).

(N) Killer whale (Orcinus orca), Eastern North Pacific Offshore—110 (an average of 22 per year).

(O) Kogia spp., CA/OR/WA—530 (an average of 106 per year).

(P) Northern right whale dolphin (Lissodelphis borealis), CA/OR/WA—10,190 (an average of 2,038 per year).

(Q) Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), North Pacific—15 (an average of 3 per year).

(R) Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), CA/OR/WA—24,345 (an average of 4,869 per year).

(S) Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus), CA/OR/WA—5,770 (an average of 1,154 per year).

(T) Short-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), CA/OR/WA—8,140 (an average of 1,628 per year).

(U) Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), CA/OR/WA—390 (an average of 78 per year).

(V) Striped dolphin (Stenella coerulealba), CA/OR/WA—70 (an average of 14 per year).

(iii) Pinnipeds:

(A) California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), U.S.—10,730 (an average of 2,146 per year).

(B) Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus), Eastern U.S.—2,605 (an average of 521 per year).

(C) Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus townsendi), Mexico—15 (an average of 3 per year).

(D) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Southeast Alaska (Clarence Sound)—110 (an average of 22 per year).

(E) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), OR/WA Coast—8,275 (an average of 1,655 per year).

(F) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), WA Northern Inland Waters—9,115 (an average of 1,823 per year).

(G) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Southern Puget Sound—980 (an average of 196 per year).

(H) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Hood Canal—296,085 (an average of 59,217 per year).

(I) Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), CA Breeding—6,625 (an average of 1,325 per year).

(J) Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Eastern Pacific—9,150 (an average of 1,830 per year).

(K) Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), California—135 (an average of 27 per year).

(4) Level A Harassment for all Testing Activities:

(i) Mysticetes:

(A) Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), Eastern North Pacific—5 (an average of 1 per year).

(B) [Reserved]

(ii) Odontocetes:

(A) Kogia spp., CA/OR/WA—5 (an average of 1 per year).

(B) Dall' porpoise (Phocoenoidea dalli), CA/OR/WA—215 (an average of 43 per year).

(C) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern OR/WA Coast—75 (an average of 15 per year).

(D) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Northern CA/Southern OR—115 (an average of 23 per year).

(E) Harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), WA Inland Waters—30 (an average of 6 per year).

(iii) Pinnipeds:

(A) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), OR/WA Coast—20 (an average of 4 per year).

(B) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), WA Northern Inland Waters—110 (an average of 22 per year).

(C) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Southern Puget Sound—5 (an average of 1 per year).

(D) Harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), Hood Canal—335 (an average of 67 per year).

(E) Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), CA Breeding—10 (an average of 2 per year).

(F) [Reserved]

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