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Biological Opinions

About Active and Archived Biological Opinions

All active Biological Opinions (including fisheries and non-fisheries actions), and many archived Biological Opinions have been moved from this page to NOAA’s Public Consultation Tracking System (PCTS). An "active" Biological Opinion is currently in effect - typically an action that is ongoing or expected to begin soon. An "archived" Biological Opinion is for an action that has been completed, is no longer planned, or for an ongoing project, has been replaced by a Biological Opinion in the "active" list.  A list of these biological opinions can be found below.

PCTS is a Web-based query system at https://pcts.nmfs.noaa.gov/ that allows all federal agencies, project managers, permit applicants, consultants, and the general public to find the current status of NMFS’s Endangered Species Act (ESA) and Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) consultations that are being conducted (or have been completed) pursuant to ESA Section 7 and Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Access to these documents is free and available to all. You do not need to create a log-in to access these records.

- How to Locate a Consultation

- Index of Active Biological Opinions

- Index of Archived Biological Opinions Available on PCTS

How to Locate a Consultation

To search for a consultation, go to https://pcts.nmfs.noaa.gov/ and use the "Quick Search" or "Advanced Search" tab to enter information such as a project’s name, permit number, PCTS number or Federal agency. A list of PCTS numbers for the Greater Atlantic Region's formal consultations is located in the table below.

After a search, the Biological Opinion or Letter of Concurrence, and associated documents can be downloaded, by clicking on the "Download" button. A brief summary of consultation details can be opened by clicking on the hyperlink to the left of the title.

If you are unable to locate a consultation or related documents through the search function, or need additional assistance, please email NMFS.GAR.ESA.Section7@Noaa.gov or call Ainsley Smith at (978)281-9291 for assistance.

Index of Active Biological Opinions

Lead Action Agency Project Title
 
PCTS Reference Number Signature Date Status
NOAA Fisheries Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation on NMFS Gear Regulations in the Virginia Pound Net Fishery

NER-2017-14025

03/31/2018 Active
Section 7 Consultation on the American Lobster Fishery NER-2014-11076 07/31/2014 Active
  Batched Biological Opinion for Seven New England FMPs NER-2012-1956 12/16/2013 Active
  Batched Biological Opinion for Seven New England FMPs - Incidental Take Statement NER-2012-1956 03/10/2016 Active
  ESA Section 7 consultation on the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan NER-2012-1461 07/12/2012 Active
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan - Incidental Take Statement NER-2012-1461 05/01/2015 Active
  Implementation of the Deep-Sea Red Crab, Chaceon quinquedens, Fishery Management Plan NER-2001-1245 02/06/2002 Active
  Implementation of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan FPR-1997-51 07/15/1997 Active
         
ACOE Norfolk Harbor Channels/Craney Island Eastward Expansion NER-2018-14816 10/05/2018 Active
DRP Gibbstown Terminal and Logistic Center NER-2017-14371 12/08/2017 Active
Deepening and Maintenance of the Delaware River Federal Navigation Channel NER-2016-13823 11/17/2017 Active
Calf Island Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Net Pen Site NER-2016-13205 07/14/2016 Active
  USACE Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware Beach Nourishment Program NER-2014-10904 06/26/2014 Active
  Beach Nourishment Projects Utilizing the Sea Bright Offshore Borrow Area: Union Beach, Port Monmouth, and Elberon to Loch Arbour, New Jersey NER-2014-10606 03/07/2014 Active
  Reinitiation of ACOE Deepwater Wind - Block Island Wind Farm NER-2015-12248 06/05/2015 Active
  Reinitiation of ACOE Deepwater Wind - Block Island Wind Farm - Incidental Take Statement NER-2015-12248 07/07/2015 Active
  USACE NE Bath Iron Works Maintenance Dredging and Brake Wheel Project NER-2012-3995 11/07/2012 Active
  James River Federal Navigation Channel Dredging NER-2012-1183 09/24/2012 Active
  Reinitiation of NY Harbor Deepening NER-2012-2358 10/25/2012 Active
  ACOE NAE Phoenix Salmon - Black Island South Netpen Aquaculture NER-2011-1597 06/10/2011 Active
  ACOE NAE 2007 - 1808 Cianbro Constructors Module Fabrication Facility NER-2007-5867 10/23/2007 Active
  ACE NAB Atlantic Coast of Maryland Shoreline Protection Project NER-2006-3915 11/30/2006 Active
  USACOE Permitting Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture in Maine NER-2002-932 11/19/2003 Active
        Active
BOEM BOEM Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project NER-2015-12128 07/09/2015 Active
  BOEM Lease and Site Assessment RI, MA, NY and NJ Wind Energy Areas NER-2012-9211 04/10/2013 Active
  BOEM - Cape Wind Energy Project Reinitiation NER-2010-3866 12/30/2010 Active
        Active
Coast Guard Second Reinitiation of Consultation on United States Coast Guard Vessel and Aircraft Activities along the Atlantic Coast NER-1999-20 06/08/1998 Active
         
EPA Reinitiation of EPA: Re-initiation of Kennebec River Fish Assemblage Assessment NER-2014-11398 01/12/2015 Active
  EPA New England Fish Assemblage Assessments 2014 NER-2014-11126 09/03/2014 Active
  EPA Chesapeake Bay Specific Water Quality Standards and Bay TMDL NER-2010-5732 01/30/2012 Active
  EPA Continued Operations of the Washington Aqueduct - Reinitiation NER-2010-3876 11/29/2010 Active
         
FERC Continued operation of FERC No. 2004 Holyoke Hydroelectric Project Amended License NER-2017-14221 07/24/2017 Active
Worumbo Hydro Species Protection Plan NER-2016-13814 04/03/2017 Active
  FERC Amend Licenses for the Lockwood, Shawmut, Weston, Brunswick, and Lewiston Falls Projects (Interim Species Protection Plans) NER-2013-9613 07/19/2013 Active
  FERC Amend License for Mattaceunk Project (Interim Species Protection Plan) NER-2013-9640 06/20/2013 Active
  Black Bear Hydro Power-Penobscot SPP and New Powerhouses at the Stillwater and Orono Projects NER-2012-1568 08/31/2012 Active
  FERC Green Island Power Authority Green Island Hydro Project Relicensing Hudson River NER-2010-4745 09/12/2011 Active
  HydroKennebec Species Protection Plan NER-2012-1860 09/17/2012 Active
  Topsham Hydro Species Protection Plan-Pejepscot Project NER-2012-1859 09/19/2012 Active
  NERO Restoration Center: Reinitiation of Formal Consultation for PRRP NER-2012-918 11/29/2012 Active
  Miller Hydro Worumbo SPP and Emergency Repair NER-2012-2537 10/18/2012 Active
  FERC 12611 Verdant Trawl Surveys in East River NER-2012-2251 09/26/2012 Active
         
FHWA Frank J. Wood Bridge Replacement NER-2017-14574 03/30/2018 Active
Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement NER 2017-14375 11/01/2017 Active
  FHWA I-95 Scudders Falls Bridge Improvement Project NER-2009-614 06/11/2010 Active
         
MARAD Northeast Gateway Liquefied Natural Gas Port and Algonquin Pipeline Lateral in Massachusetts Bay NER-2013-10537 11/21/2014 Active
  Neptune LNG Reinitiation - March 2010 NER-2010-1455 07/12/2010 Active
         
Navy Shoreline Protection System at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Dam Neck Annex NER-2012-2021 07/20/2012 Active
  Shoreline Restoration and Protection Project at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story NER-2012-2020 07/13/2012 Active
         
NASA NASA - Reinitiation of Wallops Island SRIPP NER-2012-1118 08/03/2012 Active
         
NRC NRC Relicensing of Salem and Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Stations NER-2010-6581 07/17/2014 Active
  NRC Energy Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant Reinitiation NER-2012-2252 01/20/2013 Active
  NRC Continued Operations of Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, NJ - Reinitiation  NER-2010-1855  11/21/2011 Active
         
NMFS ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Continued Prosecution of Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Conducted and Funded by the NEFSC and the letter of Authorization for the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals NER-2015-12532 6/23/2016 Active
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Continued Prosecution of Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Conducted and Funded by the NEFSC and the letter of Authorization for the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals - ITS Amendment NER-2015-12532 1/9/2017 Active
         
USFWS USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program Grants 2018-2022 NER-2018-14763 10/05/2018 Active
USFWS Region 5 Funding of Alewife Study in St. Croix River NER-2014-11886 03/13/2015 Active
         
USGS USGS Maine Coop, Brook Trout Research Cove, Brook, ME NER-2007-7645 03/17/2008 Active

Index of Archived Biological Opinions

Lead Action Agency Project Title PCTS Reference Number
 
Signature Date Status
NOAA Fisheries Tilefish FPR-2000-1031 04/01/2002 Archived
ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Continued Implementation of Management Measures for the American Lobster Fishery NER-2012-1456 08/03/2012 Archived
  Reinitiation of Consultation on the Federal Lobster Management Plan in the EEZ for Implementation of Historical Participation NER-2001-1263 10/31/2002 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan NER-2007-9036 10/29/2010 Archived
  Authorization of the Fisheries Under the Spiny Dogfish FMP NER-2008-1757 10/29/2010 Archived
  Authorization of the Fisheries Under the Spiny Dogfish FMP NER-2001-544 06/14/2001 Archived
  Authorization of Fisheries Under the Monkfish FMP NER-2008-1754 10/29/2010 Archived
  Authorization of Fisheries Under the Monkfish FMP NER-2003-196 04/14/2003 Archived
  Authorization of Fisheries Under the Northeast Multispecies FMP NER-2008-1755 10/29/2010 Archived
  Authorization of Fisheries Under the Northeast Multispecies FMP NER-2001-330 06/14/2001 Archived
  Reinitiation of Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Butterfish FMP NER-2008-9091 10/29/2010 Archived
  Consultation Regarding the FMP for the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid and Atlantic Butterfish Fishery and Amendment 8 to the FMP NER-2000-417 04/28/1999 Archived
  Reinitiation of Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass NER-2002-1879 10/29/2010 Archived
  2002 Specifications for Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass NER-2001-1206 12/16/2001 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Northeast Skate Complex FMP NER-2008-1756 10/29/2010 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation for the Northeast Skate Complex FMP NER-2003-751 07/24/2003 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the Continued Implementation of the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP NER-2007-973 02/05/2009 Archived
  Atlantic Sea Scallop NER-2007-973 03/14/2008 Archived
Sea Turtle Conservation Measures for the Pound Net Fishery in Virginia Waters of the Chesapeake Bay NER-2003-1596 04/16/2004 Archived
         
ACOE Reinitiation- ACOE NAO Sandbridge Shoal Dredge and Beach Nourishment NER-2012-01586 09/07/2012 Archived
Chesapeake Bay Entrance Channels Batch NER-2012-01587 10/16/2012 Archived

Third Reinitiation of ACOE NAP - Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Reinitiation

NER-2015-12624 11/20/2015 Archived

Second Reinitiation of ACOE NAP - Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Reinitation

NER-2013-10520 01/31/2014 Archived

USACE NAP Maintenance of 40' Philadelphia to the Sea Delaware River FNP

NER-2013-9804 08/01/2013 Archived
  ACOE NAP - Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Reinitiation NER-2011-754 07/11/2012 Archived
  ACOE Deepwater Wind - Block Island Wind Farm NER-2013-9995 01/14/2013 Archived
  Deepwater Wind with Amended ITS NER-2013-9995 10/30/2014 Archived
  ACOE NAE Maintenance Dredging Kennebec River Main Channel NER-2011-691 06/29/2011 Archived
  USACE NAE Permitting CMP's Bond Brook Coal Tar Remediation Project NER-2010-6537 10/17/2011 Archived
  ACOE NAE Permitting Construction of a Combined Sewer Overflow Abatement Project around Bond Brook in Augusta, Maine by the Greater Augusta Utility District NER-2010-6494 02/22/2011 Archived
  ACE NAE Winthrop Shores Reservation Restoration Program NER-2007-740 07/20/2007 Archived
  ACE NAE Sconset Beach Nourishment Project, Nantucket, MA   NER-2006-3910 10/05/2007 Archived
  ACE NY Ferry's Landing Coal Tar Remediation NER-2004-473 07/12/2004 Archived
  Kennebec River Emergency Dredging - Doubling Point NER-2003-1461 01/13/2004 Archived
  ACOE NAE Bath Iron Works 10 Year Maintenance Dredge Permit NER-2009-4518 11/04/2009 Archived
  ACE NY American Sugar Refining Co. Soft Dike NER-2004-2234 12/07/2004 Archived
  Morrisville Flood Protection Levee NER-2003-1177 04/19/2004 Archived
  Winthrop Shores Biological Sampling and Monitoring NER-2003-1216 03/22/2004 Archived
  New York and New Jersey Harbor Navigation Project NER-2000-596 10/13/2000 Archived
         
BOEM BOEM: Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Advancement Project NER-2015-12128 07/09/2015 Archived
  MMS Lease to Cape Wind for wind energy project Nantucket Sound Mass NER-2008-3508 11/13/08 Archived
         
EPA EPA: Reinitiation of Kennebec River Fish Assemblage Assessment NER-2013-10022 08/16/2013 Archived
  EPA: Kennebec River Fish Assemblage Assessment NER-2012-2509 11/19/2012 Archived
  EPA R1 New England Fish Assemblage Assessment NER-2009-1913 07/30/2009 Archived
  EPA Bioassessment Via Kennebec River Maine NER-2009-4801 09/21/2009 Archived
  EPA NPDES DC 0000019 Washington Aqueduct NER-2008-3493 10/10/2008 Archived
  Ambient Water Quality Criteria for the Chesapeake Bay and its Tidal Tributaries NER-2003-961 04/19/2004 Archived
         
FERC Reinitiation of FERC No. 2004 Holyoke Hydroelectric Project Amended License NER-2014-11654 02/12/2015 Archived
FERC No. 2004 Holyoke Hydroelectric Project Amended License NER-2003-1660 01/27/2005 Archived
  FERC No. 2574 Lockwood Hydroelectric Project NER-2003-1675 01/12/2005 Archived
  FERC - CP04-411-000; Crown Landing; LNG Terminal NER-2015-5292 05/23/2006 Archived
         
FHWA Reinitiation of Tappan Zee Bridge NER-2016-13822 01/04/2017 Archived
Reinitiation of FHWA Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement (5th BiOp of Bridge Replacement) NER-2014-11317 09/23/2014 Archived
  Reinitiation of 2nd Reinitiation of Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement NER-2014-10768 04/02/2014 Archived
  Reinitiation of FHWA Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement NER-2013-9592 04/10/2013 Archived
  FHWA Tappan Zee Bridge Replacement NER-2012-1780 06/22/2012 Archived
  Tappan Zee Pile Installation Demonstration Project NER-2011-5769 03/07/2012 Archived
  FHWA/MEDOT: Richmond-Dresden Bridge Replacement NER-2012-2137 11/26/2012 Archived
  FHWA Maine Brewer Dam Removal Project NER-2008-1466 07/14/2008 Archived
         
MARAD Neptune LNG NER-2006-4000 01/12/2007 Archived
  Reinitiation of consultation on MARAD's issuance of a license to Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, LLC to construct, own, and operate an LNG deepwater port NER-2007-7653 11/30/2007 Archived
         
Navy Reinitiation on Dredging and Beach Nourishment along the Fleet Combat Training Center, Dam Neck, VA NER-2003-1143 12/11/2003 Archived
         
NASA NASA Wallops Flight Facility SRIPP NER-2010-534 07/22/2010 Archived
  NASA Wallops Island Beach Nourishment/Stabilization NER-2007-3720 09/25/2007 Archived
         
NMFS Endangered Species Act Section 7 Consultation on Two Research Projects to be Administered by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center in 2013: (1) the Northeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program (NEAMAP) Near Shore Trawl Surveys, and (2) a Study Assessing Sea Turtle/Sturgeon Exclusion and Target Catch Retention in a Mid-Atlantic Gillnet Fishery NER-2013-9677 05/28/2013 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on the NEFSC Research Vessel Survey as well as Two Cooperative Gear Research Studies to be overseen by the NEFSC Protected Species Branch NER-2012-9241 11/30/2012 Archived
  NEFSC Penobscot River Estuary Studies NER-2011-6273 04/25/2012 Archived
  Reinitiation of NMFS Funding of 2012 NEAMAP Surveys Carried Out by VIMS NER-2012-1152 04/13/2012 Archived
  NMFS NEFSC 16 Surveys To Be Carried Out in 2012 NER-2012-1792 06/13/2012 Archived
  Proposed Award of Research Set-Aside for the 2010 to 2012 Surveys of the NEAMAP Near Shore Trawl Program NER-2009-7486 04/13/2010 Archived
  Proposed Award of Research Set-Aside for the Spring and Fall 2009 Surveys of the NEAMAP Near Shore Trawl Program NER-2008-8795 04/16/2009 Archived
  ESA Section 7 Consultation on NOAA-NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center Research Activities on Fishing Vessels Albatross IV, Delaware II, Gloria Michelle, Hugh B. Sharp, and the Henry B. Bigelow (January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2009) NER-2007-1541 08/20/2007 Archived
  NEFSC Penobscot River Fisheries Sampling NER-2008-4730 09/04/2008 Archived
         
NRC Indian Point NER-2009-619 10/14/2011 Archived
  NRC Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station License Renewal 2009-2029 NER-2006-5114 11/22/2006 Archived
         
USFWS Sport Fish Restoration Funding to Eleven States and the District of Columbia NER-2012-3996 01/23/2013 Archived
USFWS Funding to CT DEEP for Marine Surveys NER-2012-1175 06/04/2012 Archived
  USFWS Funding to State of New Jersey for 4 Marine Surveys NER-2012-1151 05/11/2012 Archived

For more information or to locate Biological Opinions not available on the website, please contact the Section 7 Coordinator, Mark Murray-Brown at mark.murray-brown@noaa.gov

Updated October 24, 2018