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Pile-driving noise impairs antipredator behavior of the European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax
Everley, K.A.; Radford, A.N.; Simpson, S.D. (2016). Pile-driving noise impairs antipredator behavior of the European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 273-279. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_32
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Survival; Dicentrarchus labrax (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Looming stimulus; Startle response; Fitness consequences

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  • Everley, K.A.
  • Radford, A.N.
  • Simpson, S.D.

Abstract
    In an increasingly industrialized world, man-made noise is changing the underwater acoustic environment. The effects of anthropogenic noise on marine ecosystems are not yet fully understood despite important implications for science and policy, in particular with respect to investment in offshore renewable energy. In this study, a traditional looming-stimulus experimental setup was used to investigate the acute effects of pile-driving noise on the antipredator response of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Playback of pile-driving noise was found to impair significantly the startle response of individuals, which potentially translates to an increased likelihood of being captured by predators in natural conditions.

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