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Interagency Sound Task Force Posts Research Plan
The U. S. National Science and Technology Council's Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology has published online its research plan for researching human sound effects on marine mammals. The report is entitled: Addressing the Effects of Human-Generated Sound on Marine Life: an Integrated Research Plan for U.S. Federal Agencies. It was prepared by JSOT's Interagency Task Force on Anthropogenic Sound and the Marine Environment. The report states that it

    "provides an explicit interagency roadmap for the next decade to focus and prioritize research efforts addressing this issue. It summarizes collective research efforts by Federal agencies in several key areas and includes a number of specific and prioritized research recommendations regarding future efforts, with particular emphasis on interagency collaboration. Finally, it summarizes some general coordinating actions and means of increasing the transparency and public recognition of ongoing interagency efforts in this field. The findings indicate that many of the challenging scientific, regulatory, and legal issues regarding underwater sound can be addressed with focused, prioritized, and sustained effort coordinated among the Federal agencies."
MMS "will consider comments for the purposes of determining the scope of the EIS we plan to prepare." MMS will accept written comments until March 23, 2009.
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