FaunaGuard: Scientific Method for Deterring Marine Fauna

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Regulators, funding agencies and proponents worldwide are imposing increasingly strict environmental regulations to minimize the potential impact of marine construction activities, and more specifically, the underwater sound generated by such activities.

Marine fauna may be adversely affected by marine construction as a result of physical interaction with construction equipment and/or exposure to high levels of underwater sound.

Physical interaction can cause injury or death, exposure to high sound levels may cause physiological effects (e.g., permanent or temporary hearing threshold shifts), behavioural effects or masking.

To minimize the potential impact of marine construction projects on marine fauna worldwide Van Oord and SEAMARCO have developed the FaunaGuard, an Acoustic Deterrent Device, to safely and temporarily deter various marine fauna species from marine construction sites with specialized underwater acoustics.

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