Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 3: S8: Noise impacts


Chair: Rachel Przeslawski
The extent to which anthropogenic noise in the world’s oceans impacts marine fauna is a subject of growing concern. Sources of marine anthropogenic noise include high-intensity acute sounds produced by activities such as military exercises, oil and gas exploration, pile-driving as well as lower-level chronic noise generated by commercial shipping and recreational and commercial fishing vessels. Many marine animals, from small invertebrates to large cetaceans, make extensive use of underwater sounds for important biological activities such as intraspecific communication, predator avoidance, navigation, larval orientation, foraging and reproduction. Potential effects of anthropogenic sound sources on marine animals range from disturbance that may lead to displacement from feeding or breeding areas, to auditory damage, tissue trauma and mortality. Alternatively, some marine species may experience no effect of exposure to intense sources, particularly if the spectral level does not exceed hearing thresholds. Presentations are invited from ecology, physics, and policy to showcase leading research on noise impacts on Australian marine life.

  • Session Details
  • LocationBallroom 2, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade
  • Session TimeWednesday 5th July 1:30pm to 3:15pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
1:30pm to 1:50pm The Gippsland marine environmental monitoring project: An integrated approach to understanding the potential impacts of marine seismic surveys on fish and invertebrates Rachel Przeslawski S8: Noise impacts on marine life
1:50pm to 2:10pm How can impulsive marine seismic air gun signals impact marine fauna? AJ Duncan S8: Noise impacts on marine life
2:10pm to 2:30pm Applying science and collaboration to enhance environmental impact assessment for sound-generating activities Cameron Sim S8: Noise impacts on marine life



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
2:30pm to 2:35pm Assessing the behavioural response of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) to marine seismic surveys: A case study from Lord Howe Rise in the Coral Sea Andrew Carroll PEP Talk