The Under Secretary shall maintain and expand an ocean soundscape development program
(1) award grants to expand the deployment of Federal and non-Federal observing and data
management systems capable of collecting measurements of underwater sound for purposes
of monitoring and analyzing baselines and trends in the underwater soundscape to protect
and manage marine life;
(2) continue to develop and apply standardized forms of measurements to assess sounds
produced by marine animals, physical processes, and anthropogenic activities; and
(3) after coordinating with the Secretary of Defense, coordinate and make accessible
to the public the datasets, modeling and analysis, and user-driven products and tools
resulting from observations of underwater sound funded through grants awarded under
The program described in subsection (a) shall--
(1) include the Ocean Noise Reference Station Network of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration and the National Park Service;
(2) use and coordinate with the Integrated Ocean Observing System; and
(3) coordinate with the Regional Ocean Partnerships and the Director of the United States
Fish and Wildlife Service, as appropriate.
In awarding grants under subsection (a), the Under Secretary shall consider the geographic
diversity of the recipients of such grants.
An activity may not be carried out under this section if the Secretary of Defense,
in consultation with the Under Secretary, determines that the activity would negatively
impact the defense readiness or the national security of the United States.
From funds otherwise appropriated to the Under Secretary, $1,500,000 is authorized
for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2028 to carry out this section.
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