Effect of pile-driving sounds on the survival of larval fish

Loes J. Bolle*, Christ A.F. de Jong, Stijn M. Bierman, Pieter J.G. van Beek, Peter W. Wessels, Ewout Blom, Cindy J.G. van Damme, Hendrik V. Winter, René P.A. Dekeling

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Concern exists about the potential effects of pile-driving sounds on fish, but evidence is limited, especially for fish larvae. A device was developed to expose larvae to accurately reproduced pile-driving sounds. Controlled exposure experiments were carried out to examine the lethal effects in common sole larvae. No significant effects were observed at zero-to-peak pressure levels up to 210 dB re 1 μPa 2 and cumulative sound exposure levels up to 206 dB re 1 μPa 2 ·s, which is well above the US interim criteria for nonauditory tissue damage in fish. Experiments are presently being carried out for European sea bass and herring larvae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-100
JournalAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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