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Peer Review Plans

Title and Description:

National Marine Fisheries Service's Development of Recommended Behavioral Disturbance Criteria for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals

NMFS is developing draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on the behavior of marine mammal species under NMFS's jurisdiction.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 Initial Dissemination Date: 10/30/2020 (start date of peer review 7/31/2020)
Estimated Dissemination Date of Final Work Product: 7/31/2021
Contact Person: Tracy Miller NOAA Locator


Review type: individual letters
Expected number of peer reviewers: 4-10
Peer reviewers will be selected by: a designated outside organization, Center for Independent Experts (CIE)

Will the public, including scientific or professional societies, be asked to nominate potential peer reviewers? No

Will there be opportunities for the public to comment on the work product to be peer reviewed? There will be a public comment period. 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.

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