A selection of news and articles circulated to Forum membership:

December 2017

Marine Scotland is to be involved in the EU-funded Joint Monitoring Programme for Ambient Noise North Sea (JOMOPANS)

The aim of this project is to develop a framework for a fully operational joint monitoring programme for ambient noise in the North Sea. Output will be the tools necessary for managers, planners and other stakeholders to incorporate the effects of ambient noise in theirassessment of the environmental status of the North Sea, and to evaluate measures to improve the environment.Jomopans is in its initial phases and will officially start the 1st of January 2018.


November 2017

Lack of behavioural responses of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) indicate limited effectiveness of sonar mitigation

Paul J. Wensveen et al.

The Journal of Experimental Biology (2017) 

DOI: 10.1242/jeb.161232


Avoidance of seismic survey activities by penguins

Pichegru, L., Nyengera, R., McInnes, A.M., Pistorius, P.

Nature Scientific Reports, 7:16305


Marine Noise Budgets in Practice

Merchant, N. D., Faulkner, R. F., Martinez, R. 

Conservation Letters


October 2017

UN Convention on Migratory Species

Adverse Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise on Cetaceans and Other Migratory Species - draft resolution

Prepared by the Aquatic Working Group

UNEP/CMS/COP12/CRP9/Rev.1   28 October 2017


Oysters can hear your noise pollution and its stressing them out



September 2017

Anthropogenic noise pollution from pile driving disrupts the structure and dynamics of fish shoals

James E. Herbert-Read, Louise Kremer, Rick Bruintjes, Christos C. Ioannou


Solar storms may trigger sperm whale strandings: explanation approaches for multiple strandings in the North Sea in 2016

Klaus Heinrich Vanselow, Sven Jacobsen, Chris Hall and Stefan Garthe

International Journal of Astrobiology, Page 1 of 9 doi: 10.1017/S147355041700026X

See also


August 2017

Diving behaviour of Cuvier's beaked whales exposed to two types of military sonar

Erin A. Falcone, Gregory S. Schorr, Stephanie L. Watwood, Stacy L. DeRuiter, Alexandre N. Zerbini, Russel D. Andrews, Ronald P. Morrisey, David J. Moretti

Royal Society Open Science


July 2017

Widely used marine seismic survey air gun operations negatively impact zooplankton

Robert D. McCauley, Ryan D. Day, Kerrie M. Swadling, Quinn P. Fitzgibbon, Reg A. Watson & Jayson M. Semmens

Nature Ecology & Evolution 1, Article Number: 0195


June 2017

Motor-boat noise makes bad fish parents, leading to the death of their babies

Sophie Nedelec, Steve Simpson


Trump's oil drilling executive order targets marine mammals

Published in Oil Industry News on Thursday, 1 June 2017


May 2017

Health of whales, dolphins and porpoises put at risk by underwater alarms

The Herald


A key to quieter seas: half of ship noise comes from 15% of the fleet

Scott Viers, Val Viers, Rob Williams, Michael Jasny, Jason Wood


Behavioral Responses of a Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) to Sounds from an Acoustic Porpoise Deterrent

Ronald A. Kastelein, Janne Huybrechts, Jennifer Covi, and Lean Helder-Hoek

Aquatic Mammals 2017, 43(3), 233-244, DOI 10.1578/AM.43.3.2017.233  


Inner city seals may suffer hearing loss

University of St Andrews website,1276603,en.php


April 2017

The Marine Protected Areas Revisited report published


Good or bad vibrations? Impacts of anthropogenic vibration on the marine epibenthos

Louise Roberts and Michael Elliott
Science of the Total Environment, Vol. 595, 1 October 2017, pp. 255–268


March 2017

Modeling Water Motion near Seismic Waves Propagating across a graded Seabed, as generated by Man-Made Impacts

Richard A. Hazelwood and Patrick C. Macey
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 2016, 4, 47


February 2017

Method to detect noise damage to whales studied

BBC News


January 2017

Canada Muting Underwater Vessel Noise


December 2016

A sound approach to assessing the impact of underwater noise

Anthony D. Hawkins, Arthur N. Popper
ICES Journal of Marine Science, 24 December 2016


International Fund for Animal Welfare called attention to the International Whaling Commission’s Scientific Committee recommendations on noise by shipping and seismic activities, inviting parties to reduce noise at its source


November 2016

Technical Support Information to the CMS Family

Guidelines on Environmental Impact Assessments for Marine Noise-generating Activities

Prideaux, G., 2016


Underwater noise levels in UK waters

Nathan D. Merchant, Kate L. Brookes, Rebecca C. Faulkner, Anthony W. J. Bicknell, Brendan J. Godley & Matthew J. Witt
Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 36942


Measurement and characterisation of radiated underwater sound from a 3.6 MW monopile wind turbine

Tanja Pangerc, Peter D. Theobald, Lian S. Wang, and Stephen P. Robinson Paul A. Lepper
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America< br /> ‘Measurement and characterisation of radiated underwater sound from a 3.6 MW monopile wind turbine


September 2016

Use of baited remote underwater video (BRUV) and motion analysis for studying the impacts of underwater noise upon free ranging fish and implications for marine energy management

Louise Roberts, Rafael Pérez-Domingues, Michael Elliott
Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 112, Issues 1–2, 15 November 2016, pp.75–85


Dredging Sound Levels, Numerical Modelling and EIA

Diane Jones and Kerry Martin
Terra et Aqua, No. 144, September 2016


Seals avoid wind farms during the noisiest phase of construction

Russell, D.J.F., Hastie G.D., Thompson, D., Janik, V.M., Hammond, P.S., Scott-Hayward, L.A.S., Matthiopoulos, J., Jones, E.L. & McConnell, B.J. Taken from: Journal of Applied Ecology. DOI: 10.1111/1365- 2664.12678.


August 2016

UK Marine Noise Registry NOW LIVE and ready for data input

A Marine Noise Registry Information Document can be accessed at
(Tetrienne Box, Sonia Mendes, Julia Hunt, Mark Tasker)
The Registry can be accessed at


International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) article on UK’s work within OSPAR to assess impulsive noise

Nathan Merchant–-Underwater-noise.aspx


Evidence for ship noise impacts on humpback whale foraging behavior

Hannah B. Blair, Nathan D. Merchant, Ari S. Friedlaender, David N. Wiley, Susan E. Parks
The Royal Society Biology Letters, Vol. 12, issue 8.


Court sides with marine mammal advocates in naval sonar lawsuit

Northern California Record


NOAA’s Marine Mammal Acoustic Technical Guidance

This Technical Guidance provides acoustic threshold levels for onset of permanent threshold shift (PTS) and temporary threshold shifts (TTS) in marine mammal hearing for all sound sources. It is intended to be used to better predict how a marine mammal’s hearing will respond to sound exposure.


Navy sonar broke whale protection laws, says US court


July 2016

"Vibrogram" spectra can be obtained using shaking tank tests

R. A Hazelwood from Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Vol. 27, Fourth International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life, Dublin, 10 - 16 July 2016

European Defence Agency to launch project aimed at developing European navies’ knowledge of marine mammal activity while mitigating the adverse effect of military operations on these species (PoMM2)


New tool (DORIS) to process sound velocity profiles

Hydro E-Newsletter


June 2016

Scottish Government Demonstration Strategy: Trialling Methods for Tracking the Fine Scale Underwater Movements of Marine Mammals in Areas of Marine Renewable Energy Development

C. Sparling, D. Gillespie, G. Hastie, J. Gordon, J. Macaulay, C. Malinka, M. Wu and B. McConnell
Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 7, No. 14


Draft NOAA Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

Jason Gedamke, Jolie Harrison, Leila Hatch, Robyn Angliss, Jay Barlow, Catherine Berchok, Chris Caldow, Manuel Castellote, Danielle Cholewiak, Monica L. DeAngelis, Robert Dziak, Ellen Garland, Shane Guan, Sean Hastings, Marla Holt, Ben Laws, David Mellinger, Sue Moore, Thomas J. Moore, Erin Oleson, Jacqueline Pearson-Meyer, Wendy Piniak, Jessica Redfern, Teri Rowles, Amy Scholik-Schlomer, Aileen Smith, Melissa Soldevilla, John Stadler, Sofie Van Parijs, Charles Wahle


May 2016

MaRVEN (Marine Renewable Energy, Vibration, Electromagnetic fields and Noise) environmental impacts of noise, vibrations and electromagnetic emissions from marine renewable energy: final study report

Corporate authors: European Commission

Private authors: Frank Thomsen, Andrew Gill, Monika Kosecka, Mathias Andersson, Michel Andre, Steven Degraer, Thomas Folegot, Joachim Gabriel, Adrian Judd, Thomas Neumann, Alain Norro, Denise Risch, Peter Sigray, Daniel Wood, Ben Wilson