Most animals use sound perception to sense and communicate into their habitat. Unfortunately, most human activities in the ocean also use sounds, and generate noise. We are rapidly finding that there is a serious conflict between human generated ocean noise, and sea animals’ need to communicate, navigate and hear their surroundings.
The challenge we face is that our survival as a species depends on our effective (and sustainable) relationship with the ocean. Human colonization of the sea is increasing exponentially. We are bringing with us technologies that are not impact-tested on the ocean environment, and after just a short time with some of these technologies, we see that the consequences of their use can be devastating.
Unfortunately we are too far along in our dependence on our exploitation methods to just stop and tell everybody to “get out of the pool.” We need to derive solutions “on the fly” and implement them as soon as we see positive results.
Ocean Conservation Research was founded to help spread the word and extend the discussion about ocean noise pollution.