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  Marine mammal  -  2016  -  Hugh R. Sharp  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Determining Offshore Use by Marine Mammals and Ambient Noise Levels Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Helen Bailey, UMCES Project Institution: UMCES
Project ID: 104869 Version #: 1
Date Submitted: 4/28/2015 12:27:00 PM Created By: Helen Bailey
Date Last Modified: 4/28/2015 12:27:00 PM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: STATE - MOU No. 14-14-1916 BOEM - Funded
BOEM - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: We propose to use passive acoustic monitoring devices that will record both ambient and marine mammal sounds from a broad range of sources and species to collect baseline data that can be used for informing siting, mitigation measures, assessing environmental impacts for future wind energy developments, and to facilitate marine spatial planning in the area. Marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and those that are known to occur in this region include large whale species listed as Endangered under the Endangered Species Act, such as the North Atlantic right whale, fin whale, and humpback whale. There are also minke whales and small cetacean species frequently present, such as bottlenose dolphins, short-beaked common dolphins, and harbor porpoises. We propose to use two types of sound recording devices, the Marine Autonomous Recording Unit (MARU, or pop-up) designed by Cornell University, and the C-POD (Cetacean PODs, tonal click detectors), that will encompass a range of frequencies so that we are able to detect vocalizations from large whales (low frequencies) and small cetaceans (mid to high frequencies). The MARU will collect a continuous archival record of the entire sound environment, while the C-POD will capture animal occurrence based on the detection of clicks. This acoustic monitoring over a two-year period will allow us to capture interannual and seasonal variation in occurrence within the area of potential effect. The use of a grid array design will also facilitate localization of vocalizing whales, to understand spatial patterns of habitat usage.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need sufficient deck space/A-frame for mooring deployments/recoveries.
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1007802 Created By: Helen Bailey
Date Last Modified: 4/28/2015 12:27:00 PM Date Submitted: 4/28/2015 12:27:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2016 Ship/Facility: Hugh R. Sharp
Optimum Start Date: 2/3/2016 Dates to Avoid:  
Earliest Start Date: 2/1/2016 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 2/24/2016 Other Ship(s):

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
3 0 0 0 3
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval:   # of Cruises:  

Description of Repeating cruise requirements:
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Off Ocean City
Description of Op Area: Off Ocean City, MD, within the Maryland Wind Energy Area, and up to approx. 36 nautical miles offshore.
Op Area Size/Dia.: 36
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
38.336° N / 74.505° W map
116 map
NA06 map
38.333° N / 75.044° W map
116 map
NA06 map
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Foreign Clearance and Permitting Requirements
Foreign Clearance Required? No Coastal States:
 Important Info on Foreign Research Clearances  

Are you or any member in your science party bringing in any science equipment items which are regulated for export by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)?
No If yes, have you applied for the necessary permits through your export control office? No
 Questions about ITAR/EAR regulations?

Comments about foreign clearance requirements or
description of any other special permitting requirements
(e.g., MMPA, ESA, IHA, Marine Sanctuaries, etc.)
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
Lewes, DE, USA None Lewes, DE, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
Leave and return from the ship's home port in Lewes, Delaware, because this is close to our work area.

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Helen Bailey, UMCES
# in Science Party 6 # of different science teams 2 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements We will have two teams recovering and re-deploying hydrophones that will be moored on the seafloor. One team will be 2 people from Cornell University, and the second team will be 4 people from UMCES. We will require a winch to recover and re-deploy the hydrophone moorings, which may weigh up to 200 lb.
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Selected Dynamic PositioningUnselected ADCPUnselected MultibeamUnselected Seismic
Unselected Dredging/Coring/Large Dia. Trawl WireUnselected Stern A-frameUnselected Fiber Optic (.681)Unselected 0.680 Coax Wire
Unselected SCUBA DivingUnselected Radioisotope use - briefly describeUnselected NO Radioisotope use/Natural level workUnselected Other Operator Provided Inst. - Describe
2 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.

The science party will be arriving in 2 vans (one from Cornell University and the other from UMCES). The dynamic positioning system will allow us to be accurately positioned at our stations. A winch will be required for the hydrophone recovery and re-deployment.

Major Ancillary Facilities (that require coordination of schedules with ship schedule)
Unselected Helicopter Ops (USCG)Unselected Twin OtterUnselected Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) 
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
Unselected Other AUVUnselected Sentry  
Coring Facility
Unselected Jumbo Piston CoringUnselected Large Gravity Core Unselected MC800 multicorer w/ MISO camera/telemetryUnselected OSU Coring Facility (MARSSAM)
Unselected Other Large Coring FacilityUnselected WHOI Long Core  
Human Occupied Vehicle (HOV)
Unselected AlvinUnselected Clelia (HBOI)Unselected JSL I & II (HBOI)Unselected Other HOV
Other Facility
Unselected MISO Facility - deep-sea imagingUnselected Other FacilityUnselected Potential Fields Pool Equipment 
Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Unselected JasonUnselected Other ROV  
Seismic Facility
Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Center (OBSIC)Unselected Ocean Bottom Seismograph Instrument Pool (OBSIP)Unselected Ocean-Bottom Seismometer Program (UTIG)Unselected Other Seismic/OBS Facility
Unselected PASSCALUnselected Portable MCS groupUnselected Portable MCS/SCS groupUnselected U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Bottom Seismometer Facility (USGS at WHOI)
Towed Underwater Vehicle
Unselected ARGO IIUnselected Hawaii MR1 (HMRG)Unselected IMI12 (HMRG)Unselected IMI120 (HMRG - formerly DSL 120A)
Unselected IMI30 (HMRG)Unselected Other Towed Underwater VehicleUnselected Towfish 
UNOLS Van Pool
Unselected AUV Lab Van #1Unselected Clean Lab VanUnselected Cold Lab VanUnselected General Purpose Lab Van
Unselected Radioisotope Lab VanUnselected Wet Lab Van  
UNOLS Winch Pool
Unselected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
Require a light or medium duty winch to deploy the hydrophones. These will be on moorings with a 100 lb anchor and with the payload will weigh up to 200 lb.

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