The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has published the following notice:
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is holding a third public comment period on a stand-alone document containing proposed changes to our draft acoustic guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species [pdf] under our jurisdiction.
While NOAA was working to address public comments from the second public comment period and finalize the Guidance, NOAA and the Navy further evaluated certain aspects of the U.S. Navy’s methodology (Appendix A of Draft Guidance). As a result, several recommendations/modifications were suggested. After consideration of these recommendations. NOAA has revised the Draft Guidance to reflect these suggested changes and is proposing to solicit public comment on these changes via a focused public comment period.