NEPA Documents

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (42 U.S.C. ยง 4321 et seq.) is the foundation of modern American environmental protection in the United States and its commonwealths, territories, and possessions. NEPA requires that Federal agency decision makers, in carrying out their duties, use all practicable means to create and maintain conditions under which people and nature can exist in productive harmony and fulfill the social, economic, and other needs of present and future generations of Americans. NEPA provides a mandate and a framework for Federal agencies to consider all reasonably foreseeable environmental effects of their proposed actions and to involve and inform the public in the decision making process. The goal of the implementing procedures for NEPA is to ensure that the environmental impacts of any proposed decisions are fully considered and that appropriate steps are taken to mitigate potential environmental impacts. Federal agencies codify their consideration of environmental impact in documents that are available to the public.

New Documents — Public Notice of Availability

New documents are provided for public review and comment in accordance with NEPA Section 1506.6, and NOAA Administrative Order 216-6 Section 5.02.b. The research activities covered in the documents will comply with requirements of each jurisdiction and are permitted separately.

Please direct questions, requests for additional information, or comments on the following new documents to this e-mail address: pifsc.nepa@noaa.gov.

List of New Documents

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Final Documents

NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center has completed a large number of Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact pursuant to NEPA for its research work. The documents, as listed below, are available to the public. For any questions regarding NOAA Fisheries NEPA activities, please contact Marilyn.Luipold@noaa.gov. For questions about specific NEPA documents listed below, contact pifsc.nepa@noaa.gov.

Division Description Date    
CRED Environmental Assessment NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center CRED 2005-2010 Activities 06/01/2005 PDF icon coral reef, ecosystems, environmental assessment, monitoring, mapping, marine debris, oceanography, fisheries, algae, invertebrate, Pacific ocean
CRED Finding of No Significant Impact NOAA's Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center CRED 2005-2010 Activities, NEPA checklist 06/01/2005 PDF icon coral reef ecosystems, monitoring, mapping, marine debris
PSD Finding of No Significant Impact for the Issuance of an Amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 774-1714-06 - [National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC)] for Cetacean Studies 06/15/2009 PDF icon cetacean, marine mammal, vessel and aerial surveys, biopsy sampling, tagging, scientific research
PSD Supplemental Environmental Assessment on the Effects of the Issuance of an Amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 774-1714-06 - [National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC)] for Cetacean Studies 04/01/2008 PDF icon cetacean, marine mammal, Endangered Species Act, whale, Marine Protected Areas, Sanctuaries, aerial surveys, vessel surveys, biopsy, tagging, scientific research
PSD Environmental Assessment On The Effects Of The Issuance Of Eleven National Marine Fisheries Service Permitted Scientific Research Activities On Marine Mammal And Sea Turtle Species In The U.S. Territorial Waters And High Seas Of The North Pacific Ocean (Including The Gulf Of Alaska And Bering Sea), Arctic Ocean (Including The Chukchi Sea And Beaufort Sea), Southern Ocean (Including Waters Off Antarctica), And Foreign Territorial Waters Of Mexico (Gulf Of California Only), Canada, Russia, Japan And The Philippines 06/01/2004 PDF icon cetacean, marine mammal, sea turtle, Endangered Species Act, whale, Marine Protected Areas, Sanctuaries, scientific research
PSD Finding of No Significant Impact on the Environmental Assessment on the effects of issuance of eleven National Marine Fisheries Service scientific research permits on marine mammal and sea turtle species in the North Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean and Arctic Ocean and foreign territorial waters of Mexico (Gulf Of California Only), Canada, Russia, Japan and the Philippines 06/30/2004 PDF icon marine mammal, sea turtle, scientific research
PSD Programmatic Environmental Assessment of the Program for Decreasing or Eliminating Predation of Pre-weaned Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups by Galapagos Sharks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 05/07/2009 PDF icon predation, Hawaiian monk seals, Galapagos sharks, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, French Frigate Shoals, adaptive management
PSD Finding of No Significant Impact for research on decreasing or eliminating predation of pre-weaned Hawaiian monk seal pups by sharks in the NWHI, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Monk Seal Research Program, Honolulu, Hawaii, NMFS 04/20/2009 PDF icon predation, Hawaiian monk seals, Galapagos sharks, Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, French Frigate Shoals, adaptive management
PSD Marine Turtle Assessment Program (MTAP) Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) 06/29/2012 PDF icon marine, sea turtle, scientific research, Pacific
PSD Marine Turtle Assessment Program (MTAP) Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 08/09/2012 PDF icon marine, sea turtle, scientific research, Pacific
FRMD Programmatic Environmental Assessment, Elasmobranch Bycatch Reduction in Domestic and International Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Bycatch Reduction Program 03/31/2009 PDF icon elasmobranch, shark, bycatch, ray, skate, scientific research, electropositive metals
FRMD Finding of No Significant Impact for Research on Elasmobranch Bycatch Reduction in Domestic and International Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Bycatch Reduction Program 03/01/2009 PDF icon elasmobranch, shark, bycatch, ray, skate, scientific research, electropositive metals
FRMD Programmatic Environmental Assessment of the Research Programs on Spiny and Slipper Lobster, Bottomfish, and Deepwater Shrimp at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center 08/01/2007 PDF icon spiny lobster, slipper lobster, bottomfish, deepwater shrimp, stock assessments, population dynamics, Pacific
FRMD Finding of No Significant Impact Programmatic Environmental Assessment Research Programs on Spiny and Slipper Lobster, Bottomfish, and Deepwater Shrimp, NMFS, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center 08/01/2007 PDF icon spiny lobster, slipper lobster, bottomfish, deepwater shrimp, stock assessments, population dynamics, Pacific
FRMD Programmatic Environmental Assessment on Research for Support Reduction of Sea Turtle Bycatch in Domestic and International Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Bycatch Reduction Program, Honolulu, Hawaii 06/01/2009 PDF icon sea turtle, bycatch, longline fisheries, conservation, gear, pelagic, swordfish, tuna
FRMD Finding of No Significant Impact for Research to Support Reduction of Sea Turtle Bycatch in Domestic and International Fisheries, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Bycatch Reduction Program, Honolulu, Hawaii, NMFS 06/02/2009 PDF icon sea turtle, bycatch, longline fisheries, conservation, gear, pelagic, swordfish, tuna
FRMD Finding of No Significant Impact for Sea Turtle bycatch reduction research activities at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center 06/06/2009 PDF icon sea turtle, bycatch, conservation, satellite tagging, biochemical profiling, sensory and behavioral biology, longline fisheries
FRMD Environmental Assessment for Sea Turtle Bycatch Reduction Research Activities at the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center 06/01/2007 PDF icon sea turtle, bycatch, conservation, satellite tagging, biochemical profiling, sensory and behavioral biology, longline fisheries
PSD Supplemental Environmental Assessment of the Program for Decreasing or Eliminating Predation of Pre-weaned Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups by Galapagos Sharks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 04/30/2010 PDF icon FONSI, Hawaiian Monk Seal, shark
CRED Finding of No Significant Impact for Research Activities Conducted by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Coral Reef Ecosystems Division, Honolulu, Hawaii 05/07/2010 PDF icon coral, FONSI, reef
PSD Finding of No Significant Impact for the Use of 'Surprise Net' Technology to Decrease or Eliminate Predation of Pre-weaned Hawaiian Monk Seal Pups by Sharks in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program, Honolulu, Hawaii 05/15/2010 PDF icon Hawaiian Monk Seal, shark, EA, environmental assessment
CRED Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) 2010-2015 Research Activities Conducted by the Coral Reef Ecosystem Division Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Honolulu, Hawaii 05/01/2010 PDF icon EA, environmental assessment, coral, reef
PSD Marine Turtle Research Program (MTRP) Programmatic Environmental Assessment 06/20/2011 PDF icon marine, sea turtle, scientific research, Pacific, predation
PSD Marine Turtle Research Program (MTRP) Finding of No Significant Impact - Proposed Action (Alternative C): Expansion of the Status Quo Program to Include the Study of Site Fidelity to Foraging Grounds 06/20/2011 PDF icon marine, sea turtle, scientific research, Pacific, foraging
PSD Office of Protected Resources, Environmental Assessment for Permit 10137 for Research and Enhancement Activities on the Hawaiian Monk Seal 06/30/2009 PDF icon pacific, EA
PSD Office of Protected Resources, Finding of No Significant Impact for Permit 10137 for Research and Enhancement Activities on the Hawaiian Monk Seal 06/30/2009 PDF icon pacific, FONSI
PSD Office of Protected Resources, Environmental Assessment for Permit 15240 for Cetacean Research in the Pacific Ocean 05/15/2012 PDF icon pacific, dolphin, porpoise, whale, EA
PSD Office of Protected Resources, Finding of No Significant Impact for Permit 15240 for Cetacean Research in the Pacific Ocean 05/15/2012 PDF icon pacific dolphin, porpoise, whale, FONSI