Seismic surveying emits underwater noise to detect oil and gas beneath the seafloor. Our team recorded videos of the number of fish on a reef before and during a seismic survey. During seismic surveying, reef-fish abundance declined by 78% in the evening hours. The fish response suggests seismic surveying may disrupt fish use of offshore habitat.
Detailed findings of our study, including a PDF, are published in Marine Policy and are available through this link: https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1UQJy,714MRQcs. The citation for our article, which was a collaborative effort with partners at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences, Duke University Marine Laboratory, and the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science, is:
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