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Does vessel noise affect oyster toadfish calling rates?
Luczkovich, J.J.; Krahforst, C.S.; Hoppe, H.; Sprague, M.W. (2016). Does vessel noise affect oyster toadfish calling rates?, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 647-653. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_78
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
Author keywords
    Soundscapes; Soniferous fishes; Vessel noise; Pamlico Sound

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  • Luczkovich, J.J.
  • Krahforst, C.S.
  • Hoppe, H.
  • Sprague, M.W.

Abstract
    The question we addressed in this study is whether oyster toadfish respond to vessel disturbances by calling less when vessels with lower frequency spectra are present in a sound recording and afterward. Long-term data recorders were deployed at the Neuse (high vessel-noise site) and Pamlico (low vessel-noise site) Rivers. There were many fewer toadfish detections at the high vessel-noise site than the low-noise station. Calling rates were lower in the high-boat traffic area, suggesting that toadfish cannot call over loud vessel noise, reducing the overall calling rate, and may have to call more often when vessels are not present.

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