Author: mstocker

Report from the Georgian International Maritime Forum

Georgia International Maritime Forum

  Through a set of circumstances too Byzantine to unravel here this week I’ve found myself in Batumi, the Republic of Georgia on the coast of the Black Sea delivering and address to the Georgian International Maritime Forum (GIMF) While…

Acoustical Habitats and Aquatic Noise

I’ve just returned last week from the 2016 Aquatic Noise conference (AN2016), a gathering of souls who have taken it upon themselves to examine, poke, prod, regulate, and abuse our common interest in Marine Bioacoustics. This conference happens every few…

Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

The first of this July we submitted our comments to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap. As submitted for public review we were generally pleased with the tone and essence of the work. It leaned…

Why Raven gave us language

The Ohlone, first people of Muwekma (the San Francisco area) tell us that Raven gave us language so that we might confound ourselves. We could use this shiny tool to tell tales, but we might also lose track of where these…

A short meditation Ocean Day

Our magnificent blue planet has again taken another turn around the sun to find us on “Ocean Day;” a moment to pause and consider the body of water that is the Mother of All Life on Earth. Today I will…

Report from Salt Lake City

Last week I attended the Acoustics Society Conference in Salt Lake City where I hosted a session on the Industrialization of the Ocean. There were a number of quality papers presented and some good ideas and comments presented on the…

Industrialization of the Ocean

Later this week I’ll be heading to the Acoustics Society meeting Salt Lake City. The meeting runs through the entire week with presentations and sessions on all matters acoustic – from Architectural Acoustics to Ultrasound Imaging. Animal Bioacoustics is among…

International Standards Meeting support request

The following is a request for support to attend an international standards meeting in England. Frequent Flier miles and financial support would be deeply appreciated! OCR is a member of the International Standards Organization (ISO) and anAmerican National Standards Institute…

NOAA Tinkers with acoustical standards to appease industry

Some improvements were recently made to the acoustical standards but most were “academic” and just promised to remove some of the ambiguity from the regulations. But a troubling component was the somewhat arbitrary tinkering with the Low Frequency exposure thresholds – substantiated with…

The Poignancy of Earth Day

This year I am finding it hard to compose a cheerful dispatch on Earth Day. I’ve always been mildly skeptical about taking a single day to express our love of this fabulous planet and all that she provides. This is…