Accession Number:

ADA495331

Title:

Assessing Potential Sites for Undersea Warfare Training Ranges: The Effects of Active Sonars on Marine Mammals

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI

Report Date:

2008-10-28

Pagination or Media Count:

84.0

Abstract:

The U.S. Navy is preparing a draft environmental impact statementoverseas environmental impact statement DEISOEIS for what will be the proposed site for an undersea warfare training range USWTR. The DEIS includes an assessment of the effects of Navy active acoustic sonars on marine mammals during range exercises as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act MMPA. The Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division, Newport, RI, has assessed four sites Jacksonville, FL Charleston, SC Onslow Bay, NC and Wallops Island, VA. This report describes the input data and analysis methods used to estimate the number of marine mammals that could be affected by the operation of Navy tactical acoustic sonar systems at the four potential USWTR sites.

Subject Categories:

  • Biological Oceanography
  • Undersea and Antisubmarine Warfare
  • Acoustics
  • Acoustic Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE