Proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization (Cordova, Alaska) Available for Public Comment

In response to a request under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended, from the City of Cordova, Alaska, the Service proposes to authorize nonlethal incidental take by harassment of small numbers of the Southcentral Alaska stock of northern sea otters for 1 year from the date of issuance of the incidental harassment authorization. For more information visit: Proposed Incidental Harassment Authorization (Cordova, Alaska). 

Under direction of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska is responsible for the conservation of polar bears, northern sea otters, and Pacific walruses that inhabit Alaskan waters. Our sister agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, is responsible for whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions.