[MARMAM] Public Comment Period on Proposed Changes to the NOAA Draft Marine Mammal Acoustic Guidance

Amy SCHOLIK - NOAA Federal amy.scholik at noaa.gov
Tue Mar 15 10:18:36 PDT 2016

Greetings MARMAM,

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is announcing
the availability of proposed changes to 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 *third 14-day public comment period that opens March 16, 2016*.
The changes are a result of a further evaluation of the methodology within
the July 2015 Draft Acoustic Guidance.

NOAA has developed draft acoustic guidance for assessing the effects of
anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA’s jurisdiction. The
guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels,
based on the best available science, at 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 and
other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal
agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are
expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via
acoustic exposure.

Proposed changes to the acoustic guidance appear as a stand-alone document
for consideration during this 14-day public comment period. There is no
need to reiterate or resubmit comments made on other sections of the
guidance and/or made during the first or second public comment periods
(i.e., all substantive public comments made during all three public comment
periods will be addressed as part of the acoustic guidance’s finalization

NOTE: This public comment document will be available tomorrow (March 16),
when the public comment period opens. If you run into issues obtaining this
document, please contact me (Amy).

Electronic copies of the document containing the proposed changes to the
acoustic guidance can be found on March 16 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 (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).

*Amy R. Scholik-Schlomer, Ph.D.*
Fishery Biologist (Protected Resources Acoustic Coordinator)
NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Protected Resources, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation
1315 East-West Hwy.
SSMC3, Rm. 13605
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 427-8449
*Amy.Scholik at noaa.gov
<Amy.Scholik at noaa.gov>http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/acoustics/
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