[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 180 (Monday, September 19, 2022)]
[Page 57179]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-20215]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Public Comment of the Interagency Working Group on Ocean 
Acidification (IWG-OA)

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce 

ACTION: Notice of public comment.


SUMMARY: This notice announces the Draft Strategic Plan for Federal 
Research and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification is available for public 
comment. Developed by the Interagency Working Group on Ocean 
Acidification of the National Science and Technology Council's 
Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, this Draft Strategic Plan 
presents an updated vision for how to move Federal agencies toward a 
better understanding of the process of ocean acidification, its effects 
on marine ecosystems, and the steps that could be taken to adapt marine 
resource management to account for it.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 12, 2022.

ADDRESSES: A copy of the Draft Strategic Plan may be downloaded or 
viewed on the internet at: https://oceanacidification.noaa.gov/FederalStrategicPlan.aspx. You are encouraged to use the comment form 
spreadsheet provided on the same website to submit your comments. 
However, comments will also be accepted in word, pdf, or email body. 
Please submit public comments via email to [email protected] 
with the subject line ``Public Comment on Draft OA Strategic Plan.'' No 
business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or 
personally identifiable information should be submitted in response to 
this request. Please be aware that comments submitted may be posted on 
a federal website or otherwise released publicly. Clearly indicate 
which section, page number, and line number, if applicable, submitted 
comments pertain to. All comments must be provided in English. Please 
note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or 
for the use of any information contained in the response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Courtney Cochran, Executive Secretary, 
Interagency Working Group on Ocean Acidification (Phone Number: 937-
903-3112) (Email: [email protected]).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The development of this Strategic Plan 
(Plan) was directed by section 12404(c) and guided by section 12405 of 
the Federal Ocean Acidification Research And Monitoring Act of 2009, 33 
U.S.C. 3701-3708, and (FOARAM Act). The Plan is intended to guide 
``Federal research and monitoring on ocean acidification that will 
provide for an assessment of the impacts of ocean acidification on 
marine organisms and marine ecosystems and the development of adaption 
and mitigation strategies to conserve marine organisms and marine 
    This Plan builds on the first Strategic Plan for Federal Research 
and Monitoring of Ocean Acidification, released in 2014. The present 
document serves as the required 5-year update and revision to this 2014 
document. The 2014 Strategic Plan and this new Strategic Plan focus on 
the seven priority themes identified in the FOARAM Act: (1) monitoring; 
(2) research; (3) modeling; (4) technology development; (5) 
socioeconomic impacts; (6) education, outreach, and engagement 
strategies; and (7) data management and integration. The new Strategic 
Plan is organized around these themes and details multiple objectives 
under each as well as actions to support the objectives. Many of the 
objectives and actions listed in this Strategic Plan are 
interconnected, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of ocean 
acidification research and transdisciplinary Federal activities on it. 
For each action, it is indicated whether the action is new, revised, or 
the same as the action in the 2014 Strategic Plan. Information on 
federal spending on ocean acidification monitoring and research 
activities will be included in the final version of the plan; there is 
currently placeholder text, as public comment is not accepted on this 
portion of the plan.

David Holst,
Chief Financial Officer/Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2022-20215 Filed 9-16-22; 8:45 am]