The Department of the Navy has proposed installing a 500-nm2 Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR) along the Atlantic coast to facilitate anti-submarine warfare training in shallow waters. Four potential sites have been selected, including one off Jacksonville, Florida. The Scripps Whale Acoustics Lab, Duke University, UNC Wilmington, and the University of St. Andrews are implementing a monitoring plan to provide baseline data on the density, abundance, distribution and seasonal movements of marine mammals and sea turtles in and around the proposed site. An important component of this plan involves passive acoustic monitoring of vocalizing cetaceans using HARPs.
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