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AEI Press Release 2010Mar15: AEI releases 4th annual Ocean Noise review


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AEI Press Release 2010Mar15: AEI releases 4th annual Ocean Noise review

  1. 1. THE acoustic ecology INSTITUTE . . . listen . . . 45 COUGAR CANYON SANTA FE, NM 87508 P.505.466.1879 ACOUSTICECOLOGY.ORG For immediate release March 15, 2010 AEI releases 4th annual review of ocean noise science, policy, and legal developments The Acoustic Ecology Institute has published Ocean Noise 2009, the fourth in its annual series of reports reviewing new research and regulatory developments in ocean noise. AEI’s annual recaps are widely anticipated and circulated among ocean noise scientists and regulators, as well as within NGO and journalist communities. This year’s report includes coverage of two ongoing issues, seismic surveys and Naval active sonars, with particular focus on the Navy’s continuing roll-out of Environmental Impact Statements for its offshore training ranges and the targeting of Columbia University’s seismic research vessel by environmental activists. This year’s report introduces a new feature that will be of special interest to journalists: AEI Resource Collections on two topics that will be central to ocean acoustics policy and research in the coming years. The first focuses on shipping noise; over the past five years, regulators and the shipping industry have taken important steps toward addressing the fact that large ships introduce more sound energy into the ocean than any other human activity. In 2009, the International Maritime Organization began working toward instituting voluntary ship quieting measures, with the goal of actually reversing a five-decades-long trend of increasing background noise in the oceans. The second introduces the exciting new field of passive acoustic monitoring, with brief descriptions of many new recording platforms being used in the seas, including “pop- up” recorders and undersea gliders that can listen for months at a time, “acoustic tags” attached to whales to record their calls and human noise around them while also tracking their dive patterns, and elaborate new Ocean Observatories permanently installed on the seafloor. The report also includes lay summaries of key new research studies published in 2009, and a look ahead at key issues likely to be of interest in 2010. To read the table of contents and introduction, and download the full Ocean Noise 2009 report, see To stay current on ocean noise news and science, along with other sound-related environmental issues including wind farm noise, visit or subscribe to an RSS feed from For more information, contact Jim Cummings at