The seafood processor UniSea, a subsidiary of Japan’s Nippon Suisan Kaisha, is seeking federal authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a dock construction project at its seafood processing facility at Unalaska.
UniSea made its request to the National Marine Fisheries Service in mid-December.
NMFS is now requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to UniSea to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B. Harrassment only, during the specified construction activity. Comments and information must be received no later than Jan. 22.
NMFS is preparing an environmental assessment for the proposed issuance of an incidental harassment authorization, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, to determine whether or not this proposed activity may have significant direct, indirect and cumulative effects on the human environment.
The environmental assessment will be posted online when finalized at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/construction.htm
Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources. Physical comments should be sent to 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, and electronic comments should be sent to ITP.Carduner@noaa.gov
For further information contact Jordan Carduner, Office of Protected Resources, at 1-301-427-8401
The company began in 1974, then known as Universal Seafoods, to participate in the king crab and tanner crab fisheries.
The largest part of the company’s Alaska operations now consist of processing facilities at Dutch Harbor, which produce surimi, the frozen fish protein manufactured from pollock, and pollock fillet block product. UniSea also processes other seafoods, including snow crab, king crab, cod, halibut, yellowfin sole and herring. And UniSea operates the Grand Aleutian Hotel in Dutch Harbor, a 112-room facility, and the UniSea Inn.