. . . Predicting and Minimizing Environmental Impacts . . .  


The University of Rhode Island, in partnership with Marine Acoustics, Inc., is developing a Marine Wildlife Behavior Database for the Gulf of Maine that will include geo-referenced baseline data on marine wildlife behaviors; namely diving, movement, and acoustic characteristics of fishes, marine mammals, and sea turtles.


Assessing the potential effects of underwater sound on the environment is an increasing concern for many activities. The heightened awareness of the environmental impact of noise on marine wildlife has dramatically affected the ability of governmental, institutional, and commercial groups to conduct research and routine operations with any device that makes sound underwater.

Although a number of tools to assess environmental impacts have been developed in recent years, they all require a forecast of the species present at the time of the operation, their abundance and distribution, as well as their diving, general movement, and acoustic behavior. A national database of the seasonal distribution, abundance, and behavior of marine wildlife is needed to consistently assess the impact of noise activities and to identify areas requiring further research.



NOAA Award Number: NA05NOS4631214