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Behavioral response of reef fish and green sea turtles to midfrequency sonar
Watwood, S.L.; Iafrate, J.D.; Reyier, E.A.; Redfoot, W.E. (2016). Behavioral response of reef fish and green sea turtles to midfrequency sonar, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 1213-1221. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_152
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
    Fish; Sonar; Tagging; Telemetry; Archosargus probatocephalus (Walbaum, 1792) [WoRMS]; Chelonia mydas (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Lutjanus griseus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Anthropogenic noise

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  • Watwood, S.L.
  • Iafrate, J.D.
  • Reyier, E.A.
  • Redfoot, W.E.

Abstract
    There is growing concern over the potential effects of high-intensity sonar on wild fish populations and commercial fisheries. Acoustic telemetry was employed to measure the movements of free-ranging reef fish and sea turtles in Port Canaveral, FL, in response to routine submarine sonar testing. Twenty-five sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus), 28 gray snapper (Lutjanus griseus), and 29 green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) were tagged, with movements monitored for a period of up to 4 months using an array of passive acoustic receivers. Baseline residency was examined for fish and sea turtles before, during, and after the test event. No mortality of tagged fish or sea turtles was evident from the sonar test event. There was a significant increase in the daily residency index for both sheepshead and gray snapper at the testing wharf subsequent to the event. No broad-scale movement from the study site was observed during or immediately after the test.

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