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Marine Species Monitoring

Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program

The Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program (ICMP) was created to bring the individual range complex monitoring plans under a common umbrella. The ICMP provides an overarching framework for the Navy’s marine species monitoring program and creates opportunities for coordination with other navy research programs focused on marine mammal science and living marine resources. It is intended for use as a planning tool to focus Navy monitoring priorities pursuant to ESA and MMPA requirements and as an adaptive management tool to analyze and refine monitoring and mitigation techniques over time.

The primary objectives of the ICMP are to:

  • Monitor and assess the effects of Navy activities on protected marine species;
  • Ensure that data collected at multiple locations is collected in a manner that allows
  • comparison between and among different geographic locations;
  • Assess the efficacy and practicality of the monitoring and mitigation techniques; and
  • Add to the overall knowledge base of protected marine species and the effects of Navy
  • activities on these species.

More details about the Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program can be found in the ICMP guidance document, available in the Reading Room.

The ICMP is currently undergoing a significant update and overhaul.  We anticipate the new version will be available in late 2017.