Guidance to Manage the Risk to Marine Mammals from Man-made Sound Sources in Irish Waters.
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There has been increasing concern internationally about the potentially harmful effect of man-made sound on the marine environment and species therein that could be sensitive to it. Sound that is derived from human activities (i.e., anthropogenic sound) is not the sole noise source above or below the sea surface. Nevertheless, the level of man-made sound in coastal and marine environments is commonly reported to be increasing, a trend that is partly attributed to a growth in commercial shipping activity1 . Whether it is intended or not, the introduction of man-made sound into the environments occupied by marine mammals (e.g., whales, dolphins, seals) carries with it a potential adverse impact2 . The properties of water allow sounds of various kinds to travel great distances3 across diverse habitats and depth strata. Marine mammals, having evolved from terrestrial predecessors, have adapted to life in the sea by being able to exploit sound properties in water very effective.....
PublisherDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.A
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Ocean sound
Marine turtles, birds, mammals abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Spatial CoverageIrish waters
CitationDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (2014) Guidance to Manage the Risk to Marine Mammals from Man-made Sound Sources in Irish Waters . Dublin, Ireland, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 58pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-176