Biological Assessment and Essential Fish Habitat Assessment for the construction of NOAA's Marine Operations Center-Pacific in Newport, Oregon (Township 11 South, Range 11 West, and Section 17 6th field HUC 171002040303) Public Deposited

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  • This is a Biological Assessment (BA) addressing the potential effects on aquatic species currently listed or proposed for listing under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) from the construction of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Operations Center – Pacific (MOC-P) in Newport, Oregon. The MOC-P is proposed for construction in Yaquina Bay at approximate river mile 1.5 in Township 11 South, Range 11 West, and Section 17. The MOC-P provides centralized management of ten NOAA ships on the West Coast, including Alaska and Hawaii. It provides the permanent homeport for four of these ships. The MOC-P is currently based on Lake Union in Seattle, Washington. The current lease on Lake Union is with private landowners and expires June 30, 2011. NOAA conducted a competitive lease acquisition process and solicited proposals from interested ports in Washington and Oregon. Based on a careful review of all proposals, which included technical and price considerations, NOAA selected the Port of Newport (Port) as the new MOC-P site. The new facility will be a permanent homeport for four NOAA ships and will be able to accommodate up to six. This BA focuses on aquatic species currently listed or proposed for listing under the ESA. This BA was prepared by Pacific Habitat Services, Inc. on behalf of the Port, and ensures compliance with Section 7c of the 1973 ESA, as amended. Section 7c assures that, through consultation (or conferencing for proposed species) with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), federal actions do not jeopardize the continued existence of any threatened, endangered or proposed species, or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated or proposed critical habitat. This BA also evaluates the project’s potential for adverse impacts to Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) as designated under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) of 1996. The main body of this document addresses the potential effect of the project on the species listed above. The report includes a project description, the environmental baseline, and conservation measures proposed to avoid or minimize potential adverse effects of the proposed project on listed species and their critical habitat.
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  • Pacific Habitat Services, Inc. 2011. Biological Assessment and Essential Fish Habitat Assessment for the construction of NOAA's Marine Operations Center-Pacific in Newport, Oregon. Newport, OR: Port of Newport. 643 pp.
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  • 1- Introduction; 2- Evaluation Methods; 3- Project Description; 4- Environmental Baseline; 5- Protected Species and Critical Habitat Potentially Affected by the Project; 6- Effects Analysis; 7- Findings of Effect; 8- Essential Fish Habitat Consultation; 9- Literature Cited; Appendices
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