Tag: noise pollution

This should just about settle it…

The jury still seems to be out on the biological impacts of seismic airgun surveys. While there is ample evidence of migratory, feeding, communication, and other behavioral disruptions in marine mammals, and habitat and dispersal disruptions in fish – along…

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…

Workshop on Ocean Noise Science, Regulations, and Practice

I’m just synthesizing the conversations, data, and information presented at a workshop co-sponsored by the California Gray Whale Coalition and Ocean Conservation Research at the Oakland offices of the Center for Biological Diversity on Monday, April 11. The purpose of…

Report from Washington D.C.

Last week found the OCR office and staff (Gwynn and myself) with a few hundred other ocean conservationists and activists out in Washington DC attending the fifth annual Blue Vision Summit. This convening has been growing in stature since its…

Shipping noise correlated to stress in whales

A recent paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society correlates shipping noise with stress levels in baleen whales. Heretofore this has been a difficult assumption to prove because we do not have any baseline of whale stress levels prior…

The Arctic is changing fast, and it’s going to cost us a lot

I’ve just finished reviewing a 1600 page “Draft Environmental Impact Statement” (DEIS) issued for public comments about the five year plan for oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. The objective of the “draft” is to provide US citizens the…

Marine Scientists express themselves through CNN

An article appeared today in “CNN Opinion” by Chris Clark and Brandon Southall focused on the impacts of noise on marine life. It is an informative read and also highlights two important trends in the field. Read more…

The Arctic is on Everybody’s Sonar Lately

Last week we attended an Acoustic Society conference in San Diego. This time I didn’t deliver a paper so it was mostly a reconnaissance trip – both to catch up with colleagues and to introduce Gwynn, our Digital Assets Manager…

Ocean Bioacoustics is becoming “mainstream.”

Ocean Hero Richard Charter sent me a fabulous article today from the New York Times about the soundscapes of the spring sea below the arctic ice. Written by Kate Stafford of from University of Washington Applied Physics Lab, the article…

New lab evidence substantiates noise impacts on invertebrates

  Bioacoustician Michele André et.al. from the Catalonian “Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics” has published a paper which examines the impacts of low frequency (50Hz–400Hz) noise on cephalopods – squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. Exposed to surprisingly low levels of sinusoid noise…