Sonic Sea - Impacts of Noise on Marine Mammals

Sonic Sea - Impacts of Noise on Marine Mammals

Marine life exists in a world dominated by sound. From pistol shrimp to blue whales, marine species use sound to find prey  and communicate, sometimes over distances of hundreds of miles or more. But over the last 100 years or so, increasing  levels of anthropogenic noise from shipping, oil and gas  exploration, naval sonar training, construction, and other activities have begun to drown out the ocean’s natural sound. For whales, dolphins, and other marine life, this has resulted in a myriad  of impacts, including stress, deafness, avoidance behaviors  that have diminished feeding opportunities, and even death.  Fortunately, in many cases, relatively simple solutions exist to mitigate these problems; what is needed is the political will.

Experts

Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Beth Allgood, Country Director, United States
Country Director, United States
Cynthia Milburn, Director, Animal Welfare Outreach & Education
Senior Advisor, Policy Development
Dr. Joseph Okori
Regional Director, Southern Africa and Program Director, Landscape Conservation
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Jason Bell, Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Vice President for Conservation and Animal Welfare
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Marine Conservation