TI- City of San Francisco application to Harass and Kill take Marine Mammals to build Ferry Pier on Treasure Island

NOAA map showing the construction is located where seals feed. Why did they chose this location, why not another location on the island.
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-treasure-island-ferry-dock-project-san-francisco-california

Documents from 2020 of City and County of of San Francisco applying for permission from the National Marine Fisheries Service to Harass and kill Marine Mammals to build the Ferry Terminal at Treasure Island right at the location where Marine mammals feed, see They did the same for the Mission Bay Ferry Terminal in 2018 and in 2019 Gray Whales were killed in and around San Francisco Bay.

KTVU article on the death of 3 Gray Whales April 8, 2020
Three gray whales have been found dead in and around the San Francisco Bay in the past week. It’s raising concern among marine scientists who said that number is alarming. https://www.ktvu.com/news/three-dead-whales-found-in-san-francisco-bay-area-in-a-week

National Marine Fisheries Service
Application for Incidental Harassment
Authorization for Marine Mammals
TREASURE ISLAND / YERBA BUENA ISLAND REDEVELOPMENT
PROJECT
CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
https://media.fisheries.noaa.gov/dam-migration/treasureisland_2020_proposediha_app_opr1.pdf

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. published this notice in the federal register
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/06/09/2020-12363/takes-of-marine-mammals-incidental-to-specified-activities-taking-marine-mammals-incidental-to

Marine Mammal Commission receiving letter for the request to look into this.  https://www.mmc.gov/wp-content/uploads/20-06-29-Harrison-City-of-SF-IHA.pdf

The National Marine Fisheries response to the Marine Mammal Commission to the initial notice above.   In the Federal Register notice: 
https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/21/2020-15706/takes-of-marine-mammals-incidental-to-specified-activities-taking-marine-mammals-incidental-to

News Articles:

Builder, an online building magazine September 10, 2019: 
https://www.builderonline.com/land/local-markets/ferry-terminal-started-on-s-f-s-treasure-island_o  Chris Meany and Treasure Treasure Island Community Development (TICD) announce the ferry terminal .

Chronicle article:
https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Treasure-Island-ferry-terminal-breaks-ground-in-14429457.php


Other documents

2004 report on placement of the ferry terminal building at other locations on Treasure Island PDF file Why didn’t they put the ferry docking at these locations instead and note the east side pier still exists Picture below page 8:

Supplement to Treasure Island
Ferry Terminal Location Study July 2004

2018 application by the City and County of San Francisco to harass and kill marine mammals for the Mission Bay Ferry Project :

Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Mission Bay Ferry and Water Taxi Landing Project in San Francisco Bay, California https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/22/2018-22923/takes-of-marine-mammals-incidental-to-specified-activities-taking-marine-mammals-incidental-to-the


Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Alameda Marina Shoreline Improvement Project April 29 2020

AGENCY:

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments on proposed authorization and possible renewal.

SUMMARY:

NMFS has received a request from Pacific Shops, Inc. (Pacific Shops) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Alameda Marina Shoreline Improvement Project in Alameda, CA over two years. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue two incidental harassment authorizations (IHAs) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on possible one-year renewals that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making anyStart Printed Page 23791final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations, and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.

DATES:

Comments and information must be received no later than May 29, 2020.

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