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EBC Ocean & Coastal Resources Program: Working in a Noisy Underwater Environment

May 5, 2016 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
Brown Rudnick LLP
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02110

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Anthropogenic noise in the marine environment has increased dramatically over the last century.  Sources include shipping, geophysical surveys, dredging, and marine construction among others.  Many organisms, most notably marine mammals but also numerous species of fish and some invertebrates, are known to use sound for communication, navigation, orientation, feeding, and detection of predators.  Persistent increases in underwater noise can interfere with these functions and acute noises can physically harm organisms.  As noted by Leonardo DaVinci in the 15th century, seawater transmits sound readily and over great distances.  Knowing this, how do we conduct activities in the marine environment in a way that is protective of natural resources?

This EBC Ocean and Coastal Resources program will discuss the impact anthropogenic noise has on the underwater environment, how resource agencies evaluate impacts, and how to incorporate this impact into your work as well as examining the realities of monitoring noise in the marine environment.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (2.0 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.

Program Chair


  • Leila Hatch, Ph.D., Marine Ecologist, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, NOAA
  • Zachary Jylkka, Fisheries Biologist, NOAA
  • James Miller, Sc.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Final Agenda – Ocean and Coastal Resources Program – Working in a Noisy Underwater Environment