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Committee NameAdvisory Committee on Acoustic Impacts on Marine MammalsAgency NameMarine Mammal Commission
Fiscal Year2006Committee Number20512
Original Establishment Date12/21/1972Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date2/25/2006Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date11/16/2005Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Executive Director, Marine Mammal Commission
Date Of Renewal Charter11/16/2007Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date2/25/2006Designated Federal Officer First Name*David
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination Authority16 U.S.C. 1406Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Cottingham
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 1406Designated Federal Officer Phone*301-504-0087
Effective Date Of Authority*12/21/1972Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-504-0099
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary Cmte Designated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusEnacted
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee was established to (1) review information concerning the impacts of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals, 2) identify areas of scientific agreement, disagreement, and uncertainty, 3) identify priority research needs, and 4) pursue agreement on management actions and strategies needed to avoid or mitigate adverse effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals and their environment. The Committee concluded its meetings in FY 2005, but did not reach consensus on all points. Members were invited to submit statements to be provided to the Commission in conjunction with a summary report on the Committee's activities. The charter was renewed until February 25, 2006 to provide time for members to prepare and submit their statements.
How is membership balanced?*The Marine Mammal Commission selected committee members to represent the wide variety of stakeholders and interest groups involved in this issue. A Commission contractor conducted an extensive series of interviews with individuals from parties whose activities introduce sound into the marine environment, non-governmental organizations, scientists with pertinent expertise, and government agencies with programs or responsibilities related to marine mammals, to identify all interests involved and to ensure that the Commission selected members who would effectively represent those interests.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The advisory committee met three times in FY 2004 and three times in FY 2005. The meetings provided a useful forum for discussion of issues related to possible adverse effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals and identification of actions to reduce or eliminate such effects. No additional meetings were held during FY 2006. However, the Committee remained active beyond its original termination date to enable members and coalitions to prepare statements of their perspectives for consideration by the Commission.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Scientists have identified the potential impact of sound in the ocean as one of the least understood, but potentially significant, threats to marine mammals. As such, Congress directed the Commission to convene a series of meetings “to share findings, survey acoustic 'threats' to marine mammals, and develop means of reducing those threats.” The work of the Committee was essential to the Commission in developing the information necessary to satisfy this mandate. No similar efforts have been made to bring together the diverse interest groups and experts involved in this issue. Congress recognized that the Commission, because of its independent status and technical and policy expertise, was uniquely qualified to bring together the stakeholders in a forum to allow examination and seek resolution of the controversial and complex questions related to the impacts of anthropogenic sound in the marine environment.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Committee completed its work in February 2006, at which time it was terminated.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Commission's report to Congress will contain a number of recommendations concerning research and management activities related to the effects of sound on marine mammals. Some may require legislation, others can be implemented through changes in administrative practices and/or funding priorities.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo consensus recommendations were developed. However, recommendations were formally submitted by various members and coalitions of members.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Commission is in the process of considering the recommendations of committee members as it prepares a report on the effects of anthropgenic sound for Congress.Access GSA FACA WebsiteNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback CommentFeedback will provided to members' recommendations/advice in a report to Congress being prepared by the Commission.Narrative Description*The Commission established this committee to enable interested parties to participate in facilitated discussions on ways to reduce impacts of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals. In the course of these discussions, several committee members' organizations took steps to adopt measures and strategies to protect marine mammals. Performance measures include providing a forum: (1) to discuss and seek agreement on research priorities and appropriate management measures; (2) to afford opportunities for agencies to respond to public concerns; and (3) to allow potential litigants to discuss concerns with agencies out of court. The only activity planned for FY 2006 was the development and submission of statements by committe mambers and caucuses and completion of the committee's report to the Commission. During FY 2006 three members and four caucuses representing multiple members submitted such statements. These are included in the final committee report submitted to the Commission on February 1, 2006.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$6,840.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$1,395.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$8,235.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.13Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-014159Advisory Committee on Acoustic Impacts on Marine Mammals2005
 COM-014356Advisory Committee on Acoustic Impacts on Marine Mammals2004