When talking about ocean conservation most people can identify issues such as over fishing, toxic pollutants, garbage discarded in the ocean, etc. Not until fairly recently, the topic of human-made undersea noise pollution has attracted the attention of scholars and activists.
Research shows the deep sea is not dead silent, instead, it is a bustling place compared to mid-day Manhattan. “The sonar blasts of military exercises, the booms from air guns used in oil and gas exploration, and the whine from fleets of commercial ships that relentlessly crisscross the global seas.” –Just to give you an idea.
Marine experts say the rising human noise level is dangerous to sea mammals, many of which depend on their acute hearing to locate food, identify objects and communicate with each other. Worse, some specific noises result in permanent hearing losses for hundreds of sea mammals every year and temporary losses for thousands. It is estimated that over all annually the injured animals number more than a quarter million.
To curb noise pollution, U.S. federal government, by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is working on a project to document human-made noises in the ocean. The goal is to better understand the cacophony’s impact on sea mammals as a way to build the case for reductions. Since many commercial vessels are registered abroad, and most shipping noises arise in international waters, The International Maritime Organization, a United Nations body is crucial for setting acoustic standards.
NOAA suggests that the impacts of chronic and wide-ranging noise should be incorporated into comprehensive plans to manage the cumulative effects of offshore human activities on marine species and their habitats. Specific measures are discussed among scientists, such as ship quieting through propeller redesign, adding layers of sound-absorbing materials, as well as mounting engines, pumps, air compressors, and other types of reciprocating machinery on vibration isolators.
We are sure there will be a lot more projects seeking solutions to underwater noise pollution in the near future. Gr8-White is deeply committed to marine conservation and believes by sharing the wonders of the ocean, people will be inspired to protect it. With our Going Blu campaign, GR8-White is committed to donating a percentage of our gross sales each year to the conservation of our world’s oceans, lakes, and waterways. We donate these funds to non-profit organizations that have a dedicated interest to conserve and protect our oceans, lakes, and waterways.
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