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CX-011400: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Marine Mammal Behavioral Response to Tidal Turbine Sound
CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.3
Date: 12/05/2013
Location(s): Washington
Offices(s): Golden Field Office

The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to provide funding to the University of Washington to characterize the behavioral response of killer whales, harbor porpoises, and pinnipeds to the sound produced by tidal turbines. The proposed project would produce a description of the temporal and spatial variation in sound produced by a pair of tidal turbines, as well as demonstrate the effectiveness of shoreline observers and localizing passive acoustics to describe the distribution and use of marine mammals around marine renewable energy projects.