Subject: Navy requests MMPA modifi (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 11:13:33 -0400 (EDT)

U.S. Navy requests MMPA modification

  WASHINGTON,DC (FedNet,28-APR-97) -- On March 11, 1997, the U.S. Navy
submitted a petition to NMFS amending its June 7, 1996, application and
requesting a modification to the proposed effective date of the
regulations proposed by NMFS issuing an incidental small take exemption
under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to take a small number of
marine mammals incidental to shock testing the USS SEAWOLF submarine in
the offshore waters of the U.S. Atlantic coast in 1997. By this notice,
NMFS, in accordance with the Navy's request, amends the proposed
regulations to make them effective from April 1 through September 30,
1998 and 1999. NMFS invites comment on this modification.
   DATES: Comments must be received no later than May 28, 1997.