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Marine Species Monitoring

Atlantic Region: Current Projects


 


Atlantic Fleet Training & Testing Monitoring Projects

 

The table below summarizes marine species monitoring projets being conducted in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico in support of Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Marine Mammal Protection Act requirements (50 CFR Part 218).  Reports and data from these projects will be made available on the individual project profile pages and the Reading Room as they become available.

Project titles link directly to individual project profile pages with additional details and access to data and reports.


*Intermediate Scientific Objectives are established in coordination with NMFS through the Strategic Planning Process to help prioritize monitoring investments

Project Description Intermediate Scientific Objective* Status
Title: Baseline Monitoring for Marine Mammals in the East Coast Range Complexes (passive acoustics)

Location: Atlantic OPAREAs

Objectives: Assess occurrence, density, and vocal activity of marine mammals and sea turtles in key areas of Navy range complexes

Methods: Passive acoustic monitoring

Performing Organizations: Duke University, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

Timeline: 2007-2022

Funding:

Determine what species and populations of marine mammals and sea turtles are present in Navy range complexes

Determine what populations of marine mammals are exposed to Navy training and testing activities

Establish the baseline vocalization behavior of marine mammals where Navy training and testing activities occur

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that are regularly exposed to sonar and underwater explosives

Ongoing

Final deployment in 2021
Title: Jacksonville Vessel Surveys and Tagging

Location: Jacksonville Shallow Water Training Range (JSWTR)

Objectives: Monitor species composition and distribution on JSWTR, support M3R species verifications,

Methods: Vessel visual surveys, biopsy sampling, satellite-linked tags, photo-ID

Performing Organizations: Duke University, HDR Inc.

Timeline: 2016-

Funding: FY16 - $100K, FY17 - $105K, FY18 - $360K, FY19 - $60k, FY21 - $125K

Establish the baseline habitat uses and movement patterns of marine mammals and sea turtles where Navy training and testing activities occur

Determine what populations of marine mammals are exposed to Navy training and testing activities

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that are regularly exposed to Navy training and testing activities

Continuing

Title: Analysis of Acoustic Ecology of North Atlantic Shelf Break Cetaceans and Effects of Anthropogenic Noise Impacts

Location: Northwest Atlantic

Objectives: Assess the acoustic niche of marine mammal species and anthropogenic contributors to disturbance

Methods: Passive acoustic monitoring

Performing Organizations: NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center

Timeline: 2018-2023

Funding: FY18 - $143K, FY19 - $145K, FY20 - $145K, FY21 - $150K

Establish the baseline vocalization behavior of marine mammals where Navy training and testing activities occur

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that are regularly exposed to sonar and underwater explosives

Ongoing

Title: Pinniped Tagging and Tracking in Southeast Virginia

Location: Lower Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Eastern Shore

Objectives: Document habitat use, movement and haul-out patterns of seals in the Hampton Roads region of Chesapeake Bay and coastal Atlantic Ocean

Methods: Photo ID, tagging

Performing Organizations: Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, Virginia Aquarium, The Nature Conservency, NAVFAC Atlantic, NUWC Newport, HDR Inc.

Timeline: 2017-22

Funding: FY16 - $40K, FY17 - $170K, FY18 - $46K, FY19 - $468k, FY20 - $161K, FY21 - $79K

Estimate the density of marine mammals and sea turtles in Navy range complexes and in specific training areas

Establish the baseline habitat uses and movement patterns of marine mammals and sea turtles where Navy training and testing activities occur

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that are regularly exposed to sonar and underwater explosives

Tagging to resume in 2022

Title: Haul-Out Counts and Photo-Identification of Pinnipeds in Narragansett Bay, RI

Location: Narragansett Bay

Objectives: Document seasonal occurrence, habitat use, and haul-out patterns of seals

Methods: Visual surveys, photo ID

Performing Organizations: NUWC Newport

Timeline: 2014 to 2017

Funding: Funding: FY15 $45K; FY16 $102K

Estimate the density of marine mammals and sea turtles in Navy range complexes and in specific training areas

Establish the baseline habitat uses and movement patterns of marine mammals and sea turtles where Navy training and testing activities occur

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that are regularly exposed to sonar and underwater explosives

On hold

Surveys and tagging to resume in 2021
Title: North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring

Location: Mid-Atlantic and Southeast calving groounds

Objectives: Assess behavior of right whales in coastal waters of the Southeast calving grounds,including rates of travel of individuals, dive behavior, and rates of sound production; Assess seasonal distribution in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Methods: Observational methods combined with short term (ca. 24 hour) non-invasive suction cup attached multi-sensor acoustic recording tags with Fastloc GPS; Autonomous underwater gliders equipped with passive acoustic monitoring capabilities.

Performing Organizations: Duke University, Syracuse University, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Timeline: 2014-2019

Funding: FY13 - $335K, FY14 - $390K, FY15 - $505k, FY16 - $390k, FY17 $278K, FY18 - $268k

Evaluate trends in distribution and abundance of populations that may exposed to Navy training and testing activities

Establish the baseline habitat uses and movement patterns of marine mammals where Navy training and testing activities occur

Establish the baseline vocalization behavior of marine mammals and sea turtles where Navy training and testing activities occur

Continuing

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