On Wednesday, 12th December, OceanCare organised a side event at the Fish Forum 2018 of the General Fisheries Commission of the Mediterranean (GFCM) on ocean noise impacts on fisheries in the context of SDG 14. The participants heard presentations by Bjørnar Nicolaisen (Norwegian Fisherman), Dr Silvia Frey (OceanCare), Nicolas Entrup (OceanCare), Dr Lindy Weilgart (Dalhousie University) and Fabienne McLellan (OceanCare).

Levels of anthropogenic noise in the oceans are increasing at an alarming rate. In some oceans and inshore regions these noise levels have doubled every decade for the past 60 years. The side event brought to the attention of the GFCM, its Members and other stakeholders, the growing body of science on the impacts of ocean noise on fish and on fisheries. In the context of SDG 14.1 which seeks to achieve a significant reduction of marine pollution of all kinds by 2025, this side event promoted a dialogue on the need to protect global marine ecosystems and fisheries resources from this harmful form of marine pollution.

Side Event Agenda

The presentations by ocean noise experts as well as special guest Bjørnar Nicolaisen were followed by a Q&A session.

“Impacts of ocean noise on fish and potential impacts on fisheries” by Dr Lindy Weilgart

“Ocean noise in the Mediterranean” by Dr Silvia Frey

“Working towards quieter oceans – solutions and international context” by Nicolas Entrup

“Ocean noise and the Sustainable Devolopment Goals” by Fabienne McLellan

“Case study: Socioeconomic impacts on fisheries in northern Norway after seismic surveys” by Bjørnar Nicolaisen