[MARMAM] Public comment period: NOAA Draft Marine Mammal Acoustic Guidance

Jonathan Shannon - NOAA Federal jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
Thu Jul 30 11:18:51 PDT 2015


Greetings,

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to
announce the availability of a revised version of  the "Draft NOAA Guidance
for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing:
Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold
Shifts" for *a second 45-day public comment period that opens July 31, 2015*.
The changes to the updated version of this document are based on recent
science and comments from the initial public comment period (December
2013-March 2014).

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of
anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA’s jurisdiction. The
guidance, based on the best available science, provides updated received
levels, or acoustic threshold levels, above which individual marine mammals
are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either
temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources.
This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers, other
federal agencies, and other relevant user groups and stakeholders who are
seeking to determine if their activities are expected to result in
particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

Electronic copies of the document can be found at:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/guidelines.htm  and the Federal
eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.  Comments may also be
submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal beginning July 31st (
http://www.regulations.gov, search for NOAA-NMFS-2013-0177).

Thank you for your interest in the guidance document. For more information,
please contact Amy Scholik-Schlomer (amy.scholik at noaa.gov or 301 427-8449).

Jonathan Shannon
*Outreach Specialist*
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office: 301-427-8431
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov





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