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Congressman Sam Farr Scheduled to Participate

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service and various academic institutions will deliver the final lecture in a national series on the subject of human-made noise and marine mammals. The final lecture of 14 will feature Congressman Sam Farr of California at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif., Nov. 13, 2004. NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department.

NOAA Fisheries Acoustics Program and other scientific experts in marine mammals and human noise hosted the programs at public aquariums and marine laboratories around the country to help increase public knowledge about human noise and marine mammals. The lecture series, Marine Animals and Human Noise, began in March in Florida.

“I am very excited about this series of informative programs, and it’s been very well received,” said Bill Hogarth, director of NOAA Fisheries. “There is a lot of interest in the affect of human noises on whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. NOAA Fisheries has some of the world’s leading experts looking at this issue.”

The objective of this unique series was to present current scientific information about human sources and uses of sound in marine environments, the physics of sound and hearing, and biological and behavioral factors that relate to noise impacts. Scientists hope that the educational lecture series will facilitate constructive discussions among concerned parties.

“While we continue to work toward understanding some of these complex issues, much has been learned recently about the impact of noise on marine life,” Hogarth said. “It is very important to convey this information to the public. Our ultimate goal is to use a balanced approach to share the ocean with marine life, and to conserve and protect these incredible creatures for many years to come.”

Participating organizations included the Marine Mammal Commission, Mote Marine Laboratory, New England Aquarium, Long Marine Laboratory (University of California, Santa Cruz), Dolphin Quest Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (University of Hawaii), Patuxent Research Refuge, National Aquarium (Washington, D.C.), Seattle Aquarium, National Aquarium (Baltimore), Shedd Aquarium, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The lectures and speakers are shown below:

  • Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, Fla. - March 10
    Speakers: Dr. Doug Nowacek, Dr. David Mann, and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • New England Aquarium, Boston, Mass. - April 22
    Speakers: Dr. Peter Tyack, Dr. Darlene Ketten, and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz, Calif. - June 3
    Speakers: Dr. David Kastak, Dr. Don Croll, and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Dolphin Quest Hawaii, Waikoloa, Hawaii - June 5
    Speaker: Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Coconut Island, Hawaii - June 7
    Speakers: Dr. Paul Nachtigall and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Patuxent Research Refuge, Laurel, Md. - June 16
    Speakers: Dr. Bill Ellison, Mr. David Cottingham and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • National Aquarium, Washington D.C. – Aug. 5
    Speakers: Dr. Bill Ellison and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • National Aquarium, Baltimore, Md. - Sept. 23
    Speakers: Dr. Arthur Popper, Dr. Mardi Hastings, and Dr. Roger Gentry
  • Seattle Aquarium, Seattle, Wash. – Sept. 30
    Speaker Dr. Linda Jones, Dr. Sue Moore, Ms. Charlotte Smith, and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • University of Delaware “Coast Days” – Oct. 3
    Speakers: Dr. Adam Frankel and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, La. – Oct.
    Speakers: Dr. Robert Gisiner and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Ill. – Oct. 21, 2004
    Speakers Dr. Jeanette Thomas and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Hubbs-Sea World Research Inst., San Diego, Calif. – Nov. 11
    Speakers: Dr. Anne Bowles, Dr. Jim Finneran, and Dr. Brandon Southall
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, Calif. – Nov. 13
    Speakers: Dr. Steve Insley, Dr. Dan Costa, and Dr. Brandon Southall

NOAA Fisheries is dedicated to protecting and preserving our nation’s living marine resources, and the habitat on which they depend, through scientific research, management and enforcement. Our stewardship of these resources benefits the nation by supporting coastal communities that depend upon them while helping to provide safe and healthy seafood to consumers and recreational opportunities for the American public.

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