Peer-Reviewed Studies on the Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Marine Invertebrates: From Scallop Larvae to Giant Squid

  • Natacha Aguilar de SotoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)


Marine invertebrates at the base of oceanic trophic webs play important ecological and economical roles supporting worldwide fisheries worth millions. There is an increasing concern about the effects of anthropogenic noise on marine fauna but little is known about its effects on invertebrates. Here the current peer-reviewed literature on this subject is reviewed, dealing with different ontogenetic stages and taxa. These studies show that the noise effects on marine invertebrates range from apparently null to behavioral/physiological responses to mortalities. They emphasize the need to consider potential interactions of human activities using intense sound sources with the conservation and fisheries of local invertebrate stocks.


Underwater noise Seismic exploration Shipping Larval development 



This review is a continuation of work performed within the European Union FP7 Marie Curie Project Sound Use in the Marine Ecosystem (SOUNDMAR). Thanks to the organization and sponsors of the Conference on Effects of Noise on Marine Organisms for funding my attendance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Animal Biology, Biodiversity, Marine Ecology, and Conservation (BIOECOMAC)University of La LagunaTenerifeSpain
  2. 2.Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), University of St. AndrewsSt. Andrews, FifeUK

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