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Accession Number PB2013-110992
Title Review of Biological and Biophysical Impacts from Dredging and Handling of Offshore Sand.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 261p
Personal Author A. C. Bejarano C. Voss C. H. Peterson J. Michel
Abstract This report provides a summary of the current state-of-the-knowledge of the likely impacts of OCS sand dredging and conveyance operations to biological resources and their habitats and rates of habitat recovery post-dredging. Furthermore, we synthesize dredging guidelines and recommended practices to minimize impacts and speed habitat recovery, and mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts to specific valued resources, such as marine mammals, sea turtles, and fishes. Every lease issued by BOEM includes specifications in the form of mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate adverse environmental impacts that were identified during the environmental review and consultations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, and the Coastal Zone Management Act. Although mitigation strategies are implemented, there is little information, based on rigorous collection of quantitative data, on the effectiveness of their intended purpose. It is important to have the scientific basis to show that these requirements are effective.
Keywords Biological resources
Continental shelf
Endangered species
Environmental effects(Animals)
Environmental impact
Marine mammals
Sea turtles

Source Agency Minerals Management Service
NTIS Subject Category 50B - Civil Engineering
47 - Ocean Sciences & Technology
47D - Biological Oceanography
57H - Ecology
68 - Environmental Pollution & Control
Corporate Author Research Planning, Inc., Columbia, SC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1324
Contract Number N/A

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