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Author National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Characterizing Biologically Significant Marine Mammal Behavior.

Title Marine mammal populations and ocean noise : determining when noise causes biologically significant effects / Committee on Characterizing Biologically Significant Marine Mammal Behavior, Ocean Studies Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies
Published Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 126 pages) : illustrations
Contents Executive summary -- Introduction -- Current state of knowledge of behavioral and physiological effects of noise on marine mammals -- How to get from acoustic disturbance to population effects -- Rational management with incomplete data
Summary "Attention has been drawn to the subject of how ocean noise affects marine mammals by a series of marine mammal strandings, lawsuits, and legislative hearings, and most recently, the report from the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. One way to assess the impact of ocean noise is to consider whether it causes changes in animal behavior that are "biologically significant," that is, those that affect an animal's ability to grow, survive, and reproduce. This report offers a conceptual model designed to clarify which marine mammal behaviors are biologically significant for conservation purposes. The report is intended to help scientists and policymakers interpret provisions of the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act."--Publisher's description
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject Marine mammal populations.
Marine mammals -- Effect of noise on.
Noise pollution.
Underwater acoustics.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0309546672 (electronic bk.)
9780309546676 (electronic bk.)