Split, Croatia, 16.11.2017: Around 70 international, regional and national experts from 18 countries, including decision-makers, marine biologists, representatives from the UN, multilateral environmental agreements, national environmental and energy departments, seismographic companies, the fishing and tourism sector, and civil society organisations, are meeting for a two day workshop in Split, Croatia, next week.

The Workshop is hosted by OceanCare and NRDC, international marine conservation organisations, and supported by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) and will focus on “mitigating the impact of underwater noise on marine biodiversity with specific focus on seismic surveys in the southeastern European waters of the Mediterranean Sea”.

Seismic surveys used to explore oil and gas resources beneath the seabed use so called airguns that emitting loud air explosions, every 10 to 12 seconds, 24 hours a day and over  periods of weeks or months. The noise the airguns generate peaks up to 260 dB, and impacts the whole marine ecosystem.

Location: Le Meridien Lav Hotel, Split, Croatia

Dates: 22nd & 23rd November 2017

Programme

“We are excited about the interest in this workshop, which we hope will generate concrete recommendations about how to address the problem of underwater noise in the region and to protect marine wildlife,” says Nicolas Entrup, spokesperson for the conveners.

Media communication about the outcome of the workshop will be released on Friday, 24th November 2017.

The conveners will facilitate interviews with international experts (see e.g. speakers within the Programme) present at the workshop.

In case of interest, the conveners provide information about

  • oil & gas exploration in the region
  • overview of international and regional decisions on underwater noise pollution
  • the impacts of underwater noise and fish and invertebrates
  • strandings caused by noise activities in the Mediterranean Sea
  • CMS Guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessments prior to noise-generating activities
  • Images, etc.

Further information: Nicolas Entrup, spokesperson of OceanCare and NRDC, T +43 660 211 9963, e-mail: nentrup@oceancare.org