Workshop 1: Noise Measurement - 9 February 2016 In order to act responsibly and protect marine life from underwater noise, the first step is to measure that noise. In-depth attention has been put on measurement-related topics - from sensors to procedures - through several projects, initiatives and working groups. The objective of the workshop is to synthetize the state of the art of underwater noise measurements, to map the current situation and to investigate what priorities should be supported and how they should be promoted. This first workshop took place on 9 February 2016 at the French Ministry of Research in Paris (1 rue Descartes, 75005 Paris) and gathered more than 45 experts, policy-makers, stakeholders and industry representatives. The program for first workshop is available here.
Workshop 2: Impact on Marine Life - 10 March 2016 The second workshop will present a state of the art on the knowledge of impacts on marine life (mammals, fish, invertebrates, etc.) and pursue the discussion towards coordination and policy improvement. The workshop will be held on 10 March 2016 at the premises of Mines ParisTech in Paris (60 boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006 Paris).
Workshop 3: Innovative Solutions and Management Devices - May 2016 The last workshop will tackle the hot topic of technical, managerial and economic innovative solutions to marine sound problems, and will be organized in early April (date and venue to be defined).
Conference: Debating Innovation in Underwater Noise - September 2016 These workshops will result in a position paper that will synthesize the three topics and will provide best practices and guidelines on marine sound management. This position paper will be presented during an international conference in September 2016.
The Racket in the Ocean is open to industry, policy, science and societal stakeholders, and to anybody interested in the problem of underwater noise.