Ocean Noise Pollution

Causes of Ocean Noise Pollution

  • Large ships, Underwater exploration, and mining, Air guns used for oil exploration & geophysical research, Underwater construction, Explosives, Military sonars, Acoustic harassment devices

Effects of Ocean Noise Pollution

  • Masking social communications used to find mates or identify predators, Temporary and permanent hearing loss or impairment, Displacement from preferred habitat, Disruption of feeding, breeding, nursing and communication, Death and serious injury

Solutions for Ocean Noise Pollution

  • Marine mammal protection laws in coastal nations need to be updated (or even created). Give more power to the protection agencies that monitor and manage marine mammals would also help.