The impact of human-caused ocean noise pollution on fish, invertebrates, and ecosystem services

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For the week of 25 March 2019

Join us Tuesday, April 30, 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC for a webinar on The impact of human-caused ocean noise pollution on fish, invertebrates, and ecosystem services presented by Lindy Weilgart of Dalhousie University and OceanCare.

Most fish and invertebrates use sound for vital life functions. This presentation will summarize highlights from 115 studies showing impacts from noise on 66 species of fish and 36 species of invertebrates. These impacts include decreased growth, body condition, feeding, reproduction, abundance, immune competency, nutritional condition, catch rates, school coordination and structure, nest-caring, and territory defense. Noise caused permanently damaged ears and sensory organs, developmental delays and malformations, and increased stress, metabolism, masking, and mortality. Impacts extend beyond individual species to include communities of species and how they interact, compromising ecosystem productivity, and ecological services (sediment mixing, nutrient cycling) with commercial consequences. Conservation and management implications of these findings, and possible policy solutions, will be discussed at the end of this presentation. This work was sponsored by OceanCare.

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1 new Podcast and 1 new Blog this week

1 new Conference and 1 new archived Webinar this week

  • Student Conference on Conservation Science. Location: New York, New York. October 2-4, 2019 (https://oct.to/OC1794)
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45 new Literature items this week

  • Scientific Reports has released, Satellite-based indicator of zooplankton distribution for global monitoring (Freely Available) (https://oct.to/OC1796)
  • Marine Policy has published, Bridging climate science, law, and policy to advance coastal adaptation planning (Freely Available) (https://oct.to/OC1797)
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  • See the rest HERE

12 new Jobs this week

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