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Adv Exp Med Biol. 2016;875:409-16. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_48.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cetacean and Sound Mapping Effort: Continuing Forward with an Integrated Ocean Noise Strategy.

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1
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Silver Spring, MD, 20910, USA. Jolie.Harrison@noaa.gov.
2
National Marine Mammal Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Seattle, WA, 98115, USA. Megan.Ferguson@noaa.gov.
3
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Silver Spring, MD, 20910, USA. Jason.Gedamke@noaa.gov.
4
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Scituate, MA, 02066, USA. Leila.Hatch@noaa.gov.
5
Southall Environmental Associates, Aptos, CA, 95003, USA. Brandon.Southall@sea-inc.net.
6
Northeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Woods Hole, MA, 02543, USA. Sofie.VanParijs@noaa.gov.

Abstract

To help manage chronic and cumulative impacts of human activities on marine mammals, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) convened two working groups, the Underwater Sound Field Mapping Working Group (SoundMap) and the Cetacean Density and Distribution Mapping Working Group (CetMap), with overarching effort of both groups referred to as CetSound, which (1) mapped the predicted contribution of human sound sources to ocean noise and (2) provided region/time/species-specific cetacean density and distribution maps. Mapping products were presented at a symposium where future priorities were identified, including institutionalization/integration of the CetSound effort within NOAA-wide goals and programs, creation of forums and mechanisms for external input and funding, and expanded outreach/education. NOAA is subsequently developing an ocean noise strategy to articulate noise conservation goals and further identify science and management actions needed to support them.

KEYWORDS:

CetMap; CetSound; National oceanic and atmospheric administration; Ocean noise strategy; SoundMap

PMID:
26610985
DOI:
10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_48
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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