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Behavioral responses of herring (Clupea harengus) to 1-2 and 6-7 kHz sonar signals and killer whale feeding sounds

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Lise Doksaeter, Olav Rune Godo, Nils Olav Handegard, Petter H. Kvadsheim, Frans-Peter A. Lam, Carl Donovan, Patrick Miller

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Military antisubmarine sonars produce intense sounds within the hearing range of most clupeid fish. The behavioral reactions of overwintering herring (Clupea harengus) to sonar signals of two different frequency ranges (1-2 and 6-7 kHz), and to playback of killer whale feeding sounds, were tested in controlled exposure experiments in Vestfjorden, Norway, November 2006. The behavior of free ranging herring was monitored by two upward-looking echosounders. A vessel towing an operational naval sonar source approached and passed over one of them in a block design setup. No significant escape reactions, either vertically or horizontally, were detected in response to sonar transmissions. Killer whale feeding sounds induced vertical and horizontal movements of herring. The results indicate that neither transmission of 1-2 kHz nor 6-7 kHz have significant negative influence on herring on the received sound pressure level tested (127-197 and 139-209 dB(rms) re 1 mu Pa, respectively). Military sonars of such frequencies and source levels may thus be operated in areas of overwintering herring without substantially affecting herring behavior or herring fishery. The avoidance during playback of killer whale sounds demonstrates the nature of an avoidance reaction and the ability of the experimental design to reveal it.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-564
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Volume125
Issue number1
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Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

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  • behavioural sciences, bioacoustics, military radar, sonar, zoology, ORCINUS-ORCA, ECHOLOCATION CLICKS, NORTHERN NORWAY, HIGH-INTENSITY, GADUS-MORHUA, TELEOST FISH, HEARING, ABUNDANCE, VESSEL, AREA

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