A recent compelling scientific study of the effects of noise pollution in the ocean yields yet another cautionary tale about further proliferation of wind turbine facilities in the world’s oceans. As outlined at Science Daily, the growing amount of human noise pollution in the ocean could lead fish away from good habitat and off to their death, according to new research from a UK-led team working on the Great Barrier Reef.
In earlier research, Dr Steve Simpson, Senior Researcher in the University of Bristol’s School of Biological Sciences discovered that baby reef fish use sounds made by fish, shrimps and sea urchins as a cue to find coral reefs. With human noise pollution from ships, wind farms and oil prospecting on the increase, he is now concerned that this crucial behaviour is coming under threat.
Fishing stocks in the Gulf of Maine have been devastated in the last five decades, and restoration will take time. Despite the apparent allure of distant offshore locations for reducing (with distance) the serious noise pollution large industrial wind turbines produce on land in Maine, credible studies such as this one point out how much we haven’t known about the effects of wind turbines in the nearby ocean.
It seems prudent to tread very carefully indeed in the Gulf of Maine, lest we lose what little we have left of our precious fishing stocks and fishing economy.