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Preliminary investigation of the effects of sound generated by aggregate dredging and marine construction - AE0914

Summary Objective:-
From a literature survey, provide an overview of the sensitivity to sound of a range of marine fish and sea mammals. Through environmental measurements of sound generated by e.g. aggregate dredgers and other marine activities, determine the extent of the significance of noise effects on commercial species.

Key Customer Purpose:-
As part of keeping the process of FEPA licensing criteria under review, assist DEFRA by providing scientific data on whether sound emitted by marine activities may disrupt fish migration, spawning or foraging behaviour.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Preliminary investigation of the sensitivity of fish to sound generated by aggregate dredging and marine construction.   (3007k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2000

To: 2003

Cost: £50,956
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Environmental Protection              
Marine conservation              
Nature conservation              
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine