USNS Sioux

Vessel Based Marine Mammal Survey Off Kaua'i, January 2012

Goal: To provide the monitoring necessary prior to a naval training event, the Submarine Commander’s Course exercise in February 2012, to adhere to the guidelines of the U.S. Navy’s Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program

Time Period: January 2012

Our Role: To set up and deploy sonobuoys off Kaua’I, HI. To participate as Marine Species Observers for the duration of the project to collect visual sightings data of animals detected acoustically.

In 2009, the U.S. Navy developed the Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program (ICMP) to provide consistent monitoring requirements for any activities on U.S. Navy training ranges and operating areas for which the U.S. Navy sought and received incidental marine mammal take authorizations. The U.S. Navy has to adhere to federal laws like the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, therefore it is necessary to provide monitoring prior to any potentially harmful Navy activities, to mitigate the effect on marine mammals and other sensitive species. Bio-Waves was involved with one such monitoring effort in January 2012 off Kaua’i, HI, prior to the Submarine Commander’s Course exercise in the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in February 2012. The main goals of this monitoring effort were to obtain visual sightings data of animals detected acoustically, collect photographs of animals for species identification and abundance evidence, deploy satellite tags on marine mammals for tracking purposes, and deploy sonobuoys to collect close-range acoustic data. Bio-Waves was responsible for setting up and deploying the sonobuoys, as well as participating as Marine Species Observers for the duration of the monitoring effort.

Collaborators/Partners: Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific, Space and Naval Warfare Command, HDR Inc., CRC