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Shipping Noise

The issue of anthropogenic sound and its effects on marine life is one of increasing public and scientific interest. Our understanding of many relevant questions has expanded rapidly in some areas, although considerable scientific uncertainty generally remains. Sound produced as an incidental byproduct of vessel operation serves no particular function in the transportation of goods. Thus, given the potential interference with acoustic communication in marine life, an important question is whether sound output from large vessels can be realistically reduced. Of course, there are both technical and practical considerations bearing on this question.

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Updated: October 11, 2012