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Sounds in the Sea: Acoustics and Marine Mammals Capital Hill Ocean Week - 2007 Reserve Officers Association One Constitution Avenue, NE Washington, DC Brandon L. Southall, Ph.D. (moderator) Director, NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program National Marine Fisheries Service

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Sounds in the Sea: Acoustics and Marine MammalsCapital Hill Ocean Week - 2007Reserve Officers AssociationOne Constitution Avenue, NEWashington, DC

Brandon L. Southall, Ph.D. (moderator)

Director, NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program

National Marine Fisheries Service

Office of Science and Technology

anthropogenic sound and marine life

Humans produce underwater sound either intentionally (sonar, seismic exploration, research, navigation) or incidentally (shipping, drilling, construction)

Similarly, marine animals produce sound and listen for environmental acoustic cues. Underwater sound is very important in life history

Anthropogenic Sound and Marine Life

WHEN IS ANTHROPOGENIC SOUND A THREAT TO MARINE LIFE?

WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MITIGATE IMPACTS WHILE ALLOWING

ACTIVITIES VITAL TO NATIONAL & ECONOMIC SECURITY?

anthropogenic sound and marine life focusing events and recent developments
Anthropogenic Sound and Marine Life: Focusing Events and Recent Developments
  • Focusing Events
    • ATOC, mass stranding events
    • Series of NRC reports, MM Commission FACA panel
  • Broadening of the Issue
    • Shipping, pile-driving, offshore wind farms, other active sonars
    • Recognition that chronic sources may be as or potentially more significant for populations of animals than acute ones
  • Recent Developments
    • Rapid advancement in data-loggers and passive acoustic technology
    • Marine mammal noise exposure criteria; fish and sea turtles
    • International symposium (May 07) on vessel-quieting technologies
    • Inter-agency Acoustics Task Force (14+ agencies; reports to JSOST)
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Sounds in the Sea:

Acoustics and Marine Mammals

~ Panelists ~

  • Dr. Brandon Southall(NOAA Ocean Acoustics Program)
  • Hon. William Delahunt(U.S. House of Representatives; D-MA)
  • Dr. Robert Gisiner(Marine Mammal Commission)
  • Mr. Jean-Michel Cousteau(Ocean Futures Society)
  • Ms. Kathy Metcalf(Chamber of Shipping of America)
  • Dr. John Hildebrand(Scripps Institute of Oceanography)
  • Dr. Roger Gentry(Joint Industry Programme)
  • Dr. David Wiley(Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary)
  • Dr. Peter Tyack(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)