20 March 2013: The World Ocean Council’s newly formed Marine Sound Working Group is a collaborative industry forum focused on identifying and implementing real-world technical and operational solutions to understand and reduce potential negative impacts of sound from industrial activities on marine life.

Ocean businesses concerned with the marine sound issue are invited to the Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS 2013) session on this complex challenge to help move forward with cross-sectoral collaboration and leadership in tackling the ocean sound issue.

The WOC Marine Sound Working Group will create business value and economies of scale in addressing marine sound by bringing together a diverse range of industries to:

  • Form partnerships with existing efforts on ocean sound and marine life.
  • Engage industries that generate sound but have been less involved to-date.
  • Enable responsible industries to be proactive rather than reactive to the evolving complexity in scientific findings and regulatory requirements.
  • Discuss and seek tangible solutions and applied research strategies and priorities.

The working group will kick off at the SOS 2103 2013 session and begin developing the its focus, likely to include:

  • Undertaking education and outreach on marine sound and marine life among ocean industries.
  • Promoting baseline data gathering and operations monitoring to assist in determining cumulative impacts.
  • Identifying responsible business practices regarding marine sound, such as reducing sound input through quieting technologies and operational measures, and making industry monitoring data on animal presence, abundance and impacts available.
  • Integrating passive acoustic and other monitoring efforts into ocean observing systems and platforms of opportunity.
  • Identifying and enabling applied research on behavior and physiological impacts, emphasizing sound sources that are less well known.

The Marine Sound Working Group is co-chaired by two of the world’s leading marine sound experts, Dr. Brandon Southall (SEA, Inc.) and John Young (CSA Sciences, Inc). The co-chairs are clearly aware of (and actively involved in) other efforts to understand and reduce the impacts of sound on marine life, including those of the Oil and Gas Producers Association (OGP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The cross-sectoral WOC Working Group will be structured and focused to create synergies with the important efforts of industry, government and others.

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Contact: Paul Holthus, Executive Director Phone: +1 (808) 277-9008
email: paul.holthus@oceancouncil.org Web: www.oceancouncil.org

About the Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013): The SOS 2013 (22-24 April, 2013, Washington, D.C.) is the only international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. The theme of SOS 2013 is “Oceans 2050 – The Ocean Business Community and Sustainable Seas”. This event brings together a wide range of ocean industries, including: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), mining, ports, dredging, cables, pipelines, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others.

About the World Ocean Council (WOC): The WOC is the only international, cross-sectoral alliance for private sector leadership and collaboration in “Corporate Ocean Responsibility”. Companies and associations worldwide are distinguishing themselves as leaders in ocean sustainability and stewardship by joining the WOC. Members to date include over 60 leadership organizations from a wide range of ocean industries: oil and gas, shipping, seafood, fisheries, aquaculture, mining, renewable energy, ocean technology, maritime law, marine environmental services and other areas. For the current list of WOC Members, click here.