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Named “The Silent World” by Jacques-Yves Cousteau 60 years ago, the submarine environment has long been considered as a quiet universe, interspersed by chatting emitted by the hundreds of thousands of species living under the seas. However this qualification is far from being a reality today. The expansion of human activities above and below the sea surface has significantly changed the oceans’ soundscape, which have become intolerably noisy, and its inhabitants continuously put up with noises imposed by those activities.
IFAW is collaborating with government officials and stakeholders from the private sector to find efficient solutions to reduce underwater noise and to raise public awareness to this global pollution issue. We have now been working for several months with the French Ecological Transition Ministry, Ministry of the Sea and the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) to produce a collection of infographics to explain how some underwater noise-generating activities impact biodiversity and illustrate the efforts carried out by stakeholders from the relevant sectors to mitigate this threat.
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