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The use of deep water berths and the effect of noise on bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary cSAC
O’Brien, J.M.; Beck, S.; Berrow, S.D.; André, M.; van der Schaar, M.; O’Connor, I.; McKeown, E.P. (2016). The use of deep water berths and the effect of noise on bottlenose dolphins in the Shannon Estuary cSAC, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 775-783. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_95
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
    Noise monitoring; Shipping; Marine
Author keywords
    Special area of conservation; LIDO; Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Authors  Top 
  • O’Brien, J.M.
  • Beck, S.
  • Berrow, S.D.
  • André, M., more
  • van der Schaar, M.
  • O’Connor, I.
  • McKeown, E.P.

Abstract
    The Shannon Estuary on the west coast of Ireland is one of Europe’s premier deepwater berths catering for ships up to 200,000 deadweight tonnage. It is also Ireland’s only designated candidate special area of conservation for bottlenose dolphins under the EU Habitats Directive. Long-term static acoustic monitoring was carried out at a number of intensive shipping sites. In 2012, noise monitoring took place over a 6-month period (at 1 site) as part of Ireland’s requirements under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This is the first assessment of the potential effect of vessel traffic on the behavior of this discrete dolphin population.

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