Contact TheIPD.US




Regulatory Actions
View Public Comments
Submit Comments

NMFS ITA for Gulf of Mexico
NMFS Acoustic Guidelines
NMFS IHA for Scripps

Science
  Best Available Science on Acoustic Effects on Marine Mammals
  Seismic vs. Sonar
  Physical Effects
 Behavioral Effects
  Models
  Sound Propagation
  Mitigation
 Extrapolation From Terrestrial Mammal Acoustic Effects to Marine Mammals
  Cumulative and Synergistic Effects
 Indirect Effects

  NMFS
 MMS
 MMC
 NAS
  US Navy
 Sperm Whale Seismic Study
 ICES
 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Institute
 NRDC
 ACCOBAMS
 The Acoustic Ecology Institute
 ASCOBANS
 Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Limited

Library
  Statutes
 Regulations
 Relevant NMFS Permits
 Major Studies and Reports

Comment on IPD
  Potential Research Projects
  Research Underway
  Structure of the IPD

CRE Interventions
  Agency Administrative Actions
  Rulemaking
  Litigation



















 

Soundings Archive

MMS Awards Grant for Noise Monitoring in the Chukchi Sea
The U.S. Minerals Management Service has awarded a $330,000 grant to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. The grant is to be used by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in a three year project "for monitoring the sources and levels of anthropogenic (e.g., seismic activity) and natural (e.g., marine mammal calls) noise in the Chukchi Sea."

The April/May/June 2009 issue of MMS' Ocean Science magazine has an article on the grant. This article states that one reason for the grant is that

    "Future oil and gas development is planned in the Chukchi Sea. Substantial changes in the marine ecosystem, anticipated from climate change, include reduction of the thickness and spatial extent of sea ice. This can change acoustic propagation. Add to that an increase in anthropogenic noise sources from oil and gas activity and vessel traffic, and it's likely that nose levels and sources in the Chukchi Sea will change.

    Before increased activities begin, and to gauge how marine mammals' distribution and abundance may be influenced by those activities, it's crucial to establish baseline information."
  • Click here to read MMS' article about the grant

  •  
    Copyright 2005 The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.
    All rights reserved.