CHERRY POINT, N.C. (AP) - The Marine Corps is asking for a five-year authorization from the National Marine Fisheries Service for incidental deaths of bottlenose dolphins during training exercises at a bombing and target range.
The Sun Journal of New Bern reports that Connie Barclay of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the authorization guarantees the Marines will be in compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Marine Corps has applied for the authorization before, and the five-year request is designed to streamline the process.
The request includes a 30-day public comment period that runs through Aug. 15.
Previously, the Marine Corps has said no dolphins have been killed during training at either of the ranges. Procedures call for training to be halted or delayed if dolphins are seen in the area.