28 Jun '16, 12pm

NOAA has a plan to protect the oceans from troubling noise pollution

NOAA has a plan to protect the oceans from troubling noise pollution

As if the world’s marine animals didn’t have enough to worry about — with climate change , ocean acidification, and overfishing threatening their existence — emerging research over the past several decades has also suggested that devastating “noise pollution” could be invisibly destroying their habitats. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a first of its kind roadmap for researching and managing the impact of ocean noise on marine life. Why is this so important? We’ve learned in recent decades that marine animals rely on sound to communicate with one another, navigate the waters, and generally understand their surroundings. Human activity, such as shipping, industrial work, and military exercises, can make it impossible for these majestic creatures to hear the sounds of the ocean that they rely upon to live. While research has large...

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