→ Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) seeks public comment to assist the review of NMFS' August 2016 Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing. This is pursuant to Executive Order 13795, Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy, which directs the secretary of Commerce to "take all steps permitted by law to rescind or revise that guidance, if appropriate.” The Technical Guidance compiles, interprets, and synthesizes scientific literature, to produce updated thresholds for assessing the effects of underwater sound on marine mammal hearing. The document is intended for use 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 hearing impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure. NMFS is particularly looking for comments regarding new peer-reviewed scientific literature, as well as recommendations for implementation.