The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration OAA is developing an agency-wide Ocean Noise Strategy. According to NOAA, this strategy seeks to ensure that NOAA is more comprehensively addressing noise impacts to aquatic species and their habitat over the next 10 years.
NOAA seeks comment on a document developed to support implementation of the Strategy: the NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap. According to NOAA:
“The Roadmap is intended to serve as a high-level guide, rather than a prescriptive listing of program-level actions. The document summarizes the status of the science to support the Ocean Noise Strategy’s goals, details relevant NOAA management and science capacities, and recommends cross-agency actions that could be taken to achieve more comprehensive management of noise impacts. Fundamentally, the Roadmap serves as an organizing tool to rally the multiple NOAA offices that address ocean noise impacts around a more integrated and comprehensive approach. A series of key goals and recommendations are presented that would enhance NOAA’s ability to manage both species and the places they inhabit in the context of a changing acoustic environment.”
NOAA seeks comment on the NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap. The mailbox address for providing email comments is Comment.ONS@noaa.gov. Please include “ONS Roadmap Comments” in the subject line and any supporting data or literature citations with your comments, as appropriate.
Public comment will be accepted through July 1, 2016.