50 CFR 216.270 - Specified activity and specified geographical region.

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§ 216.270 Specified activity and specified geographical region.
(a) Regulations in this subpart apply only to the U.S. Navy for the taking of marine mammals that occurs in the area outlined in paragraph (b) of this section and that occurs incidental to the activities described in paragraph (c) of this section.
(b) The taking of marine mammals by the Navy is only authorized if it occurs within the SOCAL Range Complex (as depicted in Figure ES-1 in the Navy's Final Environmental Impact Statement for the SOCAL Range Complex), which extends southwest from southern California in an approximately 700 by 200 nm rectangle with the seaward corners at 27°30′00″ N. lat.; 127°10′04″ W. long. and 24°00′01″ N. lat.; 125°00′03″ W. long.
(c) The taking of marine mammals by the Navy is only authorized if it occurs incidental to the following activities:
(1) The use of the following mid-frequency active sonar (MFAS) and high frequency active sonar (HFAS) sources, or similar sources, for Navy training, maintenance, or research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) (estimated amounts below):
(i) AN/SQS-53 (hull-mounted active sonar)—up to 9885 hours over the course of 5 years (an average of 1977 hours per year)
(ii) AN/SQS-56 (hull-mounted active sonar)—up to 2470 hours over the course of 5 years (an average of 494 hours per year)
(iii) AN/BQQ-10 (submarine active sonar)—up to 4075 hours over the course of 5 years (an average of 815 hours per year)(an average of 2 pings per hour during training events, 60 pings per hour for maintenance)
(iv) AN/AQS-22 or 13 (active helicopter dipping sonar)—up to 13595 dips over the course of 5 years (an average of 2719 dips per year—10 pings per dip)
(v) SSQ-62 (Directional Command Activated Sonobuoy System (DICASS) sonobuoys)—up to 21275 sonobuoys over the course of 5 years (an average of 4255 sonobuoys per year)
(vi) MK-48 (heavyweight torpedoes)—up to 435 torpedoes over the course of 5 years (an average of 87 torpedoes per year)
(vii) AN/BQQ-15 (submarine navigational sonar)—up to 610 hours over the course of 5 years (an average of 122 hours per year)
(viii) MK-46 (lightweight torpedoes)—up to 420 torpedoes over the course of 5 years (an average of 84 torpedoes per year)
(ix) AN/SLQ-25A NIXIE—up to 1135 hours over the course of 5 years (an average of 227 hours per year)
(x) AN/SSQ-125 (AEER sonar sonobuoy)—up to 540 sonobuoys (total, of EER/IEER and AEER) over the course of 5 years (an average of 108 per year))
(2) The detonation of the underwater explosives indicated in paragraph (c)(2)(i) of this section, or similar explosives, conducted as part of the training exercises indicated in paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section:
(i) Underwater Explosives:
(A) 5” Naval Gunfire (9.5 lbs)
(B) 76 mm rounds (1.6 lbs)
(C) Maverick (78.5 lbs)
(D) Harpoon (448 lbs)
(E) MK-82 (238 lbs)
(F) MK-83 (574 lbs)
(G) MK-84 (945 lbs)
(H) MK-48 (851 lbs)
(I) Demolition Charges (20 lbs)
(J) AN/SSQ-110A (IEER explosive sonobuoy—5 lbs)
(ii) Training Events:
(A) Surface-to-surface Gunnery Exercises (S-S GUNEX)—up to 2010 exercises over the course of 5 years (an average of 402 per year)
(B) Air-to-surface Missile Exercises (A-S MISSILEX)—up to 250 exercises over the course of 5 years (an average of 50 per year)
(C) Bombing Exercises (BOMBEX)—up to 200 exercises over the course of 5 years (an average of 40 per year)
(D) Sinking Exercises (SINKEX)—up to 10 exercises over the course of 5 years (an average of 2 per year)
(E) Extended Echo Ranging and Improved Extended Echo Ranging (EER/IEER) Systems—up to 15 exercises (total, of EER/IEER and AEER combined) over the course of 5 years (an average of 3 exercises, or 108 sonobuoy deployments, per year).
(d) The taking of marine mammals may be authorized in an LOA for the activities and sources listed in § 216.270(c) should the amounts (e.g., hours, dips, or number of exercises) vary from those estimated in § 216.270(c), provided that the variation does not result in exceeding the amount of take indicated in § 216.272(c).
[74 FR 3909, Jan. 21, 2009, as amended at 76 FR 6701, Feb. 8, 2011; 77 FR 4922, Feb. 1, 2012]

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  • 2014-11-04; vol. 79 # 213 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    1. 79 FR 65327 - Marine Mammals; Subsistence Taking of Northern Fur Seals; St. George Island, Alaska
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Title 50 published on 2013-10-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 50 CFR 216 after this date.

  • 2014-11-04; vol. 79 # 213 - Tuesday, November 4, 2014
    1. 79 FR 65327 - Marine Mammals; Subsistence Taking of Northern Fur Seals; St. George Island, Alaska
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      DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      Final rule.
      Effective October 30, 2014.
      15 CFR Part 902