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Peer Review Plans

Title and Description:

Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Behavior
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Behavior

NMFS is developing draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on the behavior of marine mammal species under NMFS's jurisdiction. The guidance provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, based on the best available science, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their behavior for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NMFS analysts and managers and other relevant user groups and stakeholders, including other federal agencies, when seeking to determine whether and how their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

ID: 274 Info. Type:ISI
Estimated Dissemination Date:12/31/2018 (for peer review report; for final work product, 7/31/2019)
Contact Person: Michael LIddel NOAA Locator

Date First Posted in Peer Review Agenda: 9/29/2014

Estimated Peer Review Start Date: 1/31/2018
Review type: individual letters
Expected number of peer reviewers: 4-10
Peer reviewers will be selected by: a designated outside agency. The Marine Mammal Commission will be asked to nominate peer reviewers

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? yes

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? yes

How and When? There will be a public comment period, as well as public meeting/webinar.
The public comment period will occur after the document has been peer reviewed.

Will the agency provide significant and relevant public comments to the peer reviewers before they conduct their review? no. The peer review will occur before the public comment period..

Primary disciplines or expertise needed in the review: Reviewers will have expertise in acoustics, acoustics in the marine environment, acoustic ecology, and behavior.

Comments on Peer Review:

Charge statements:

Charge to reviewers

Charge to reviewers, methodology review

Final peer review report

Final work product