[MARMAM] Request for Public Comment, user feedback on Spreadsheet tool and Manual for 2018 Revised Technical Guidance

Amy SCHOLIK - NOAA Federal amy.scholik at noaa.gov
Mon Oct 1 12:01:48 PDT 2018

NOAA Fisheries just opened a 45 day public comment period (September 21
through November 8) for user feedback to help improve the usability of our
optional User Spreadsheet tool and User Manual associated with the 2018
revision of the Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of
Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing (NOAA Technical Memorandum

We issued an updated optional User Spreadsheet tool with additional
capabilities for applicants and a new companion User Manual for the
optional Spreadsheet tool that provides detailed instructions and examples
with the 2018 revision of the Technical Guidance in June 2018.

We are now seeking comment on how we can further refine the User Manual to
aid in the application and implementation of the 2018 Revised Technical
Guidance. Input from stakeholders provided during this public comment
period will inform future versions of the User Manual and the associated
optional User Spreadsheet tool.

Please note we are only soliciting comments on the User Manual and
associated optional User Spreadsheet tool. This public comment period is
not to solicit comments on the 2018 Revised Technical Guidance.

The 2018 Revision to the Technical Guidance (NOAA Technical Memorandum
NMFS-OPR-59), the updated optional User Spreadsheet tool, and the new
companion User Manual are available in electronic form via the Internet at

Public comments can be submitted via Regulations.gov:

Thank you for your interest in the Technical Guidance. 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 Division
1315 East-West Hwy.
SSMC3, Rm. 13605
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 427-8449
*Amy.Scholik at noaa.gov <Amy.Scholik at noaa.gov>*
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