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NOAA Fisheries seeking public comment on Incidental Take Authorization for the Sunrise Wind project off the coast of New York
February 10 @ 12:00 am - March 14 @ 12:00 am
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Sunrise Wind, a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource, for an Incidental Take Authorization. Through authorizations, the government limits how many individuals of a given species can be incidentally (not intentionally) harassed, disturbed or injured by an activity. “Level B” harassment is defined as acts that have the potential to disturb a mammal or its stock by disrupting behavior, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding or feeding. “Level A” harassment is defined as acts that have the potential to injure. The request would authorize take by Level A harassment and/or Level B harassment of a certain number of marine mammals between 2023 and 2028 during construction of the Sunrise Wind project. Project activities likely to result in incidental take include pile driving, potential unexploded ordnance or munitions and explosives, and vessel-based geophysical site surveys. Comments must be received no later than March 13, 2023. To comment, visit regulations.gov/document/NOAA-NMFS-2023-0012-0001. For more information, visit NOAA Fisheries’ page for the Sunrise Wind request.