Paper on Noise Budgets

Conservation Letters on the management of cumulative underwater noise pollution published the following paper: Merchant, N.D., Faulkner, R.F., Martinez, R. (in press) Marine noise budgets in practice. Conservation Letters here.

This paper has the following abstract:

Pygmy Right Whale Mystery

Science News recently posted the following article:

“A new discovery is turning the hemispheric history of a mysterious whale species upside-down. Two fossils recently unearthed in Italy and Japan suggest that a southern whale was briefly a denizen of northern waters more than half a million years ago.

Until now, all available evidence suggested that the pygmy right whale, Caperea marginata, and its ancestors have been steadfast Southern Hemisphere residents for the past 10 million years.

CBD Petitions for ESA Listing for Culver Beaked Whales in GOM

On October 11, 2017, the center for Biological Diversity petitioned the federal government to list beaked whales in the Gulf of Mexico under the Endangered Species Act.  Click here for more information and relevant links.

NMFS Seeks Comment on IHA for Navy’s New London Submarine Base

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take, by harassment, marine mammals incidental to conducting pier construction at the Navy Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut, beginning October 2018 and ending March 2022. NMFS proposes to issue this authorization pursuant to the implementing regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. NMFS seeks public comments and information on this proposed action. Comments and information must be received by NMFS no later than November 1, 2017. Click here for more detail and relevant links.