Oceanoise Asia 2016 took place from 20th to 22th April, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan. It was a forum for researchers in acoustics, soundscape, marine behaviour, and other related areas to discuss state-of-the-art developments to stimulate cutting-edge research and to network among world-class researchers. The LAB brought to the different panels its experience in monitoring noise and wildlife during offshore operations, particularly windmills and renewable energy.
20,000 Sounds under the Sea is a project of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya's Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) that aims to study ocean sounds. The study is carried out on board the Swiss ship Fleur de Passion, which is sailing around the world in four years with the aim of measuring human impact on oceans and contributing to the debate surrounding the role of humankind at sea. The Ocean Mapping Expedition, was launched on April 12 from Sevilla, Spain. It is being organized in the framework of the 500th anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan's voyage exploring new sea routes in the Pacific and will last until spring 2019. Fleur de Passion has just left Chile (Valdivia) last Sunday.
"For the first time, a ship is permanently equipped with the latest sensor technology, which is allowing us to map ocean noise on a scale never seen before," says Michel André, director of the UPC's Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics. The hydrophone system of 20,000 Sounds under the Sea detects and automatically classifies all sounds of natural or human origin along the route the Fleur de Passion sailing ship takes around the world. The system is supplying real-time sounds and images taken with onboard underwater cameras to researchers at the LAB, which is linked to the Vilanova i la Geltrú School of Engineering (EPSEVG) and is located on the Vilanova UPC campus. The images and sounds that are recorded are uploaded directly to the website of the Expedition and is publicly available.
On Tuesday April 12, a press conference was held at the "Bains des Paquis" in Geneva to celebrate the first year of the expedition and give an overview of its first results.
For the second consecutive year, the LAB has deployed a real-time acoustic buoy off Vilanova i la Geltrú (Catalonia, Spain) where migrating fin whales are regularly encountered very close to shore. The Edmaktub Association is leading a research programme in the area aimed at understanding the distribution pattern of this population in this specific region of the Mediterranean Sea where it is thought that fin whales halt their migration to feed. The live stream of audio data will be available until the end of June when the whales definitively leave the area.
La Relève est de retour et elle a frappé fort. Ils étaient 200 personnalités incarnant la nouvelle garde de tous les secteurs de la sociétés française. Ils ont investit la rédaction des Echos pendant une journée. Et ils ont écrit un journal (voir les participants ici).
En savoir plus ici, et lire l'arcticle de Michel André ici
The annual European Cetacean Society Conference (http://europeancetaceansociety.eu) was held in Madeira this week. This Society gathers around 500 researchers who devote their effort on the research of marine mammal conservation issues. A series of workshops concentrated on specific research topics and the ECS Science Advisory Committee (SAC) held a Best Practice Workshop on Behavioural Reaction of Marine Mammals after Controlled Exposure Experiments (CEE). This series of Best Practice Workshops aims at providing the ECS members guidance on how to conduct research limiting the impact on the studied animals and on the marine ecosystems.