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  Cetaceans and Sonar  -  2021  -  Robert Gordon Sproul  
  Project Information  
Project Title: Fine-scale Foraging Behavior of Marine Mammals in Relation to Oceanography, Prey and Mid-frequency Active Sonar Project Status: Submitted
Principal Investigator: Simone Baumann-Pickering, SIO Project Institution: SIO
Project ID: 106830 Version #: 2
Date Submitted: 5/28/2020 5:47:00 PM Created By: Simone Baumann-Pickering
Date Last Modified: 6/25/2021 12:26:00 AM URI Serial #: None
Funding Agencies: NAVY/ONR - NONE - Funded
Summary of Field Work: Marine mammals inhabit a highly dynamic, mobile environment. We will document how physical oceanographic conditions drive prey distributions and cetacean response to these changes. Use of mid-frequency active sonar during US Navy training operations can invoke a cetacean behavioral response and we aim to document how a response may be shaped by underlying prey conditions.

A series of 5 cruises will be conducted over the course of 2 years to record passive acoustic data on long-term moorings at sonar-impacted and minimally disturbed sites. Satellite tagging of cetaceans will provide larger spatial information on movement patterns observed outside the acoustic detection range. Information on prey will be collected with autonomous and ship-board active-acoustic systems. MOCNESS tows will provide an active acoustics ground-truth. Physical oceanographic features will be measured with autonomous sensors on the moorings and with ship-board instrumentation.
Summary of Facility Requirements: We will need A-frame for mooring deployments/recoveries, net tows, CTD; TSE winch for mooring operations; MOCNESS; CTD with 12 bottle rosette; deployment/recovery of RHIB for tagging; installation of portable active acoustic system
Summary of other requirements and comments:  
Ship Request Identification
Type of Request: Primary Ship Use Request Status: Submitted
Request ID: 1011077 Created By: Simone Baumann-Pickering
Date Last Modified: 6/25/2021 12:26:00 AM Date Submitted: 5/28/2020 5:47:00 PM
Requested Ship, Operating Days and Dates
Year: 2021 Ship/Facility: Robert Gordon Sproul
Optimum Start Date: 7/28/2021 Dates to Avoid: n/a
Earliest Start Date: 7/14/2021 Multi-Ship Op: No
Latest Start Date: 8/5/2021 Other Ship(s): n/a

Operating Days Needed: Science Days Mob Days De-Mob Days Estimated Transit Days Total Days
2 1 1 2 6
Repeating Cruise?
(within same year)
No Interval: n/a # of Cruises: 1

Description of Repeating cruise requirements: n/a
Justification/Explanation for ship choice, dates,
conflicts, number of days & multi-ship operations:
R/V Robert Gordon Sproul has the right size, operates locally, and can facilitate the types of research required.
Work Area for Cruise
Short Description of Op Area
for use in schedules:
Description of Op Area: West of San Clemente Island and south of Santa Rosa Island
Op Area Size/Dia.: 160
  Lat/Long Marsden Grid Navy Op Area
32.886833° N / 117.556167° W map
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NP09 map
33.513483° N / 120.211467° W 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.)
ONR Environmental Compliance, SOAR and Point Mugu range clearances
Port Calls
Requested Start Port Intermediate Port(s) Requested End Port
San Diego, CA, USA None, San Diego, CA, USA
Explanation/justification for requested
ports and dates of intermediate stops
or to list additional port stops
home port of R/V Robert Gordon Sproul

 Important Info on Working in Foreign Ports

Science Party
Chief Scientist: Simone Baumann-Pickering, SIO
# in Science Party 7 # of different science teams 1 # Marine Technicians to be
provided by ship operator:
(include in science party total)
Explanation of Science Party Requirements and Technician Requirements 1 science team for mooring operations
Instrumentation Requirements That Impact Scheduling Decisions
Unselected 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
0 PI-Provided Vans - briefly describe Unselected MOCNESS  
Explain Instrumentation or Capability
requirements that could affect choice
of ship in scheduling.


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
Selected Mooring SpoolerUnselected Portable WinchUnselected Turn Table 
Explain Major Ancillary Facilities
Requirements and list description
and provider for "other" systems.
TSE winch for mooring operations; CTD (no bottles needed but frame to mount microcats for calibration)

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