Marine Noise Budgets in Practice

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For the week of 05 November 2018

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

Conservation Letters has published, Marine Noise Budgets in Practice. "Many countries have made statutory commitments to ensure that underwater noise pollution is at levels which do not harm marine ecosystems. Nevertheless, coordinated action to manage cumulative noise levels is lacking, despite broad recognition of the risks to ecosystem health. We attribute this impasse to a lack of quantitative management targets—or “noise budgets”—which regulatory decision‐makers can work toward, and propose a framework of risk‐based noise exposure indicators which make such targets possible. These indicators employ novel noise exposure curves to quantify the proportion of a population or habitat exposed, and the associated exposure duration. This methodology facilitates both place‐based and ecosystem‐based approaches, enabling the integration of noise management into marine spatial planning, risk assessment of population‐level consequences, and cumulative effects assessment. Using data from the first international assessment of impulsive noise activity, we apply this approach to herring spawning and harbor porpoise in the North Sea."

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Coastal and Offshore Energy

OA: Elliott, K., Smith, H. C. M., Moore, F., van der Weijde, A. H. & Lazakis, I. A systematic review of transferable solution options for the environmental impacts of tidal lagoons. Marine Policy 99, 190 - 200 (2019).

Community Perceptions and Attitudes

OA: de la Lama, R. López, De la Puente, S. & Riveros, J. Carlos. Attitudes and misconceptions towards sharks and shark meat consumption along the Peruvian coast. PLOS ONE 13, e0202971 (2018).

Ecosystem Services and Uses

OA: Nieminen, E., Ahtiainen, H., Lagerkvist, C. - J. & Oinonen, S. The economic benefits of achieving Good Environmental Status in the Finnish marine waters of the Baltic Sea. Marine Policy 99, 181 - 189 (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Battista, W. et al. Behavior Change Interventions to Reduce Illegal Fishing. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

OA: Gress, E., Arroyo-Gerez, M. J., Wright, G. & Andradi-Brown, D. A. Assessing mesophotic coral ecosystems inside and outside a Caribbean marine protected area. Royal Society Open Science 5, 180835 (2018).

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

OA: Asaad, I., Lundquist, C. J., Erdmann, M. V., van Hooidonk, R. & Costello, M. J. Designating Spatial Priorities for Marine Biodiversity Conservation in the Coral Triangle. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: van Emmerik, T. et al. A Methodology to Characterize Riverine Macroplastic Emission Into the Ocean. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).


OA: Pouso, S., Ferrini, S., R. Turner, K., Uyarra, M. C. & Borja, A. Financial Inputs for Ecosystem Service Outputs: Beach Recreation Recovery After Investments in Ecological Restoration. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Seafloor Mining

OA: Jones, D. O. B., Ardron, J. A., Colaço, A. & Durden, J. M. Environmental considerations for impact and preservation reference zones for deep-sea polymetallic nodule mining. Marine Policy (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2018.10.025

Soundscapes and Acoustics

OA: Merchant, N. D., Faulkner, R. C. & Martinez, R. Marine Noise Budgets in Practice. Conservation Letters 11, e12420 (2018).

Vessel Traffic and Tracking, Shipping, and Ports

OA: Tsujii, K. et al. Change in singing behavior of humpback whales caused by shipping noise. PLOS ONE 13, e0204112 (2018).