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The impact of anthropogenic noise on fish and invertebrates at the individual, population and community level - ME5207

The primary user of this research will be the Defra policy team, to provide evidence for setting targets for the implementation of Good Environmental Status (GES) under Descriptor 11 (marine noise) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). In order to evaluate at which key lifecycle stages species are more susceptible to noise impacts. It will feed into the model being created under ME5205. It may also aid in providing evidence to underpin licensing decisions that sometimes require conditions such as stopping of piling work etc at certain times of year, coinciding with spawning or migration of certain marine species.
Anthropogenic noise is an ever-increasing issue in the marine environment. Although much recent research has investigated how such sounds affect marine mammals, very little is known about their impact on fish or invertebrates, which form key elements in many food webs. This proposal aims to tackle this critical gap in knowledge by conducting novel experimental investigations of how different sound sources and noise regimes (acute and chronic exposure) affect the tolerances, physiology, behaviour and development of individual organisms of a variety of species and at different life stages. By considering the impact of anthropogenic noise at both the individual and ecosystem level, we will be able to make realistic predictions about future population sizes and community structures, which are of paramount importance for economic and policy decisions. This research project will compliment ME5205, by looking at individual physiological responses in a controlled environment at various key lifecycle stages.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : ME5207 Noise Evid4   (160k)
• FRP - Final Report : ME5207 Noise final report   (1367k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix A-Mammal literature review   (152k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix B-Mobile AEP equipment   (436k)
• ANX - Annex : ME5207 Noise final report-Reference list   (329k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2010

To: 2013

Cost: £594,690
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Bristol