The Acoustic Ecology Institute,, has released its spotlight report, Ocean Noise: What We Learned in 2006. You can view it at

According to AEI, “The oceans contain over 80% of the earth’s total volume of habitat; because of limited light penetration, many ocean species rely heavily on sound for navigation, finding food, and maintaining group relationships. For decades, human activity has been increasing the noise levels in the oceans; over the past few years, we have begun to pause and consider the effects of our sounds on ocean life. The oil and gas industry, navies of the world, and field biologists are all putting more time and money into these questions than ever before. Here’s what was learned in 2006.”

The online report of an often-overlooked environmental concern is worth investigating.

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