[MARMAM] US Federal Government Interagency Task Force on Anthropogenic Sound and the Marine Environment -- REPORT AVAILABLE

Brandon Southall Brandon.Southall at noaa.gov
Fri Feb 13 13:57:23 PST 2009


Colleagues,

The final report from the U.S. federal government's Interagency Task 
Force on Anthropogenic Sound and the Marine Environment, /Addressing the 
Effects of Human-Generated Sound on Marine Life: An Integrated Research 
Plan for U.S. Federal Agencies/, is now available.  The report's direct 
link is http://ocean.ceq.gov/about/docs/iatf_finalreport_09.pdf

The suggested reference for this report is:
Southall, B., Berkson, J., Bowen, D., Brake, R., Eckman, J., Field, J., 
Gisiner, R., Gregerson, S., Lang, W., Lewandoski, J., Wilson, J., and 
Winokur, R. 2009. Addressing the Effects of Human-Generated Sound on 
Marine Life: An Integrated Research Plan for U.S. federal agencies. 
Interagency Task Force on Anthropogenic Sound and the Marine Environment 
of the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology. Washington, DC.

The following overview is from the cover letter of the report, co-signed 
by the heads of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Office of 
Science and Technology Policy (Executive Office of the President of the 
United States of America):

"Whether and how human-generated sounds in the ocean affect marine life 
has become an issue of increasing awareness, within scientific and 
regulatory circles as well as among the general public. Many activities 
vital to our society, including the actions of many U.S. Federal 
agencies, introduce sound into the marine environment. Consequently, 
there is much interest and effort involved in understanding associated 
environmental impacts and developing ways of minimizing them. A number 
of U.S. Federal agencies are actively engaged in advancing the science 
and technologies needed to address these challenging issues.

This report provides an explicit interagency roadmap for the next decade 
to focus and prioritize research efforts addressing this issue. It 
summarizes collective research efforts by U.S. Federal agencies in 
several key areas and includes a number of specific and prioritized 
research recommendations regarding future efforts, with particular 
emphasis on interagency collaboration. Finally, it summarizes some 
general coordinating actions and means of increasing the transparency 
and public recognition of ongoing interagency efforts in this field. The 
findings indicate that many of the challenging scientific, regulatory, 
and legal issues regarding underwater sound can be addressed with 
focused, prioritized, and sustained effort coordinated among the U.S. 
Federal agencies. We hope it will be useful to a broad range of 
interested parties."

Thank you for your interest and help in ensuring that this document is 
as useful as possible in guiding future research efforts.
Brandon Southall

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Brandon L. Southall, Ph.D.
Director, NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program
National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Science and Technology
1315 East West Hwy, SSMC III #12539
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6233
Brandon.Southall at noaa.gov
301-713-2363 x163 (office)
301-713-1875 (FAX)
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/ 
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Brandon L. Southall, Ph.D.
Director, NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program
National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Science and Technology
1315 East West Hwy, SSMC III #12539
Silver Spring, MD 20910-6233
Brandon.Southall at noaa.gov
301-713-2363 x163 (office)
301-713-1875 (FAX)
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/ 
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