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Regulatory Permitting & Compliance 

With over 20 years in business, Smultea Sciences has extensive experience in both state and federal permitting. We are recognized for our regulatory expertise in:


  • MMPA - Marine Mammal Protection Act and 

  • ESA - Endangered Species Act

    • Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) Applications

    • Letter of Authorization (LOA) Applications​

  • Agency Consultation  

  • Environmental Permitting

  • Marine Mammal Mitigation & Monitoring Plans (4MP)

Regulatory Expertise

We know the regulations, and the regulators. Our long-standing knowledge and relationships include:


  • NMFS – National Marine Fisheries Service​

  • BOEM – Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

  • MMPA – Marine Mammal Protection Act

  • ESA – Endangered Species Act

Project Examples

Smultea Sciences has managed, developed, written, and reviewed over 150 regulatory permitting and review projects. 

Level B Harassment Assessment & Noise Probability Analysis
  • Addressed MMPA and ESA permitting and mitigation requirements

  • Provided client with a probability analysis and reporting to assess potential marine mammal impacts of falling debris associate with unmanned explosions over the Pacific Ocean

  • Review covered over 20 species of marine mammals

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Incidental Harassment Authorization & Mitigation Monitoring Plans for Offshore Wind and Seismic Surveys
  • Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) and Marine Mammal Mitigation & Monitoring Plan (4MP) to assess impacts of underwater seismic noise on marine mammals

  • National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) consultations

  • Reviewed IHAs and COPs for numerous offshore wind development lease areas

Review and Compilation of Systematic Surveys of Bowhead Whales in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas

​CLIENT: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) / National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML)

  • Extensive review of published and unpublished literature on vessel, aerial, and shore-based surveys of bowhead whales in US Arctic waters to assess global warming impacts

  • Presented results at Arctic Marine Symposium Conference and published in bi-annual program report

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