Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for
Protected Species II
- Continuation of the Atlantic Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (AMAPPS) which focuses on
collecting seasonal data on the abundance, distribution, and behavior of marine mammals, sea turtles, and
seabirds throughout the U.S. Atlantic.
Offshore Use by Marine Mammals and Ambient Noise Levels Using Passive Acoustic Monitoring
- Provide an assessment of the species composition and geographic distributions of marine mammals
present in the vicinity of the Maryland WEA and to provide a baseline of ambient underwater noise through
the use of passive acoustic monitoring.
Sturgeon Habitat Use in Mid-Atlantic Wind Energy Area
- Provide information on the seasonal patterns of occurrence and habitat use as well as explore the
underlying causal mechanisms for Atlantic sturgeon habitat selection in and around the Virginia WEA and
the Sandbridge Shoal sand borrow site in BOEM’s Mid-Atlantic Planning Area.
Gulf of Mexico Marine Assessment Program for Protected Species (GoMMAPPS)
- Improve information about protected living marine resources through multi-year surveys of marine mammals, sea turtles, and sea birds in the Gulf of Mexico.
Inter-disciplinary study of the possible link between space weather, geomagnetic storms and cetacean mass strandings
- Using whale stranding data and geomagnetic information to determine if there are indications of cause and effect.
Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Field Surveys and Marine Resource Characterization for Offshore Wind Energy Planning Offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts -PHASE 2
- Collecting distribution and abundance data for marine mammals and sea turtles using aerial surveys.
Pacific Marine Assessment Partnership for Protected Species (PacMAPPS)
- Improving understanding of the distribution of protected marine mammals.
Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys near Potential Renewable Energy Sites Offshore Central and Southern California
- Collecting distribution and abundance observations about seabird and marine mammals.
Seabird and Marine Mammal Surveys off the Northern California, Oregon,
and Washington Coasts
- Provide up-to-date information on species composition, distribution, abundance, seasonal variation,
and habitat utilization of marine mammals and seabirds along selected locations along the Pacific coast.
Understanding Whale Presence in the Virginia Offshore Wind Energy Area using Passive
- Continue and expand the deployment of a passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) array in the wind energy
area (WEA) located off the Virginia coast to describe marine mammal presence, distribution and seasonality
within the WEA.
Visual Simulation of Whales and Renewable Energy Moorings and Cables
- Characterizing the interaction of whales with mooring lines and cables.