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