Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on the Early Life Stages of Dicentrarchus labrax

  • Elisabeth Debusschere
  • Bert De Coensel
  • Sofie Vandendriessche
  • Dick Botteldooren
  • Kris Hostens
  • Magda Vincx
  • Steven Degraer
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_23

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)
Cite this paper as:
Debusschere E. et al. (2016) Effects of Offshore Wind Farms on the Early Life Stages of Dicentrarchus labrax. In: Popper A., Hawkins A. (eds) The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol 875. Springer, New York, NY

Abstract

Anthropogenically generated underwater noise in the marine environment is ubiquitous, comprising both intense impulse and continuous noise. The installation of offshore wind farms across the North Sea has triggered a range of ecological questions regarding the impact of anthropogenically produced underwater noise on marine wildlife. Our interest is on the impact on the “passive drifters,” i.e., the early life stages of fish that form the basis of fish populations and are an important prey for pelagic predators. This study deals with the impact of pile driving and operational noise generated at offshore wind farms on Dicentrarchus labrax (sea bass) larvae.

Keywords

Dicentrarchus labrax Pile driving Continuous noise Offshore wind farms 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Elisabeth Debusschere
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bert De Coensel
    • 3
  • Sofie Vandendriessche
    • 1
  • Dick Botteldooren
    • 3
  • Kris Hostens
    • 1
  • Magda Vincx
    • 2
  • Steven Degraer
    • 4
  1. 1.Bio-Environmental Research Group, Animal Sciences, Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries ResearchOostendeBelgium
  2. 2.Marine Biology Section, Biology DepartmentUniversity of GhentGhentBelgium
  3. 3.Department of Information TechnologyResearch Group Acoustics, University of GhentGhentBelgium
  4. 4.Management Unit of North Sea Mathematical Models (MUMM), Royal Belgian Institute of Natural SciencesBrusselsBelgium

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