National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA)

“Black Sea Bass Distribution & Wind Energy Development” (watch on VIMEO, 5 minutes and 42 seconds, ages 12 and up)

What do black sea bass hear, and why do we need to know? Fish have a very interesting way to “hear” sound and when noises happen in the water they call home, it can change the way they act. This presentation describes a research project designed to figure out what black sea bass hear and if the noise produced by pile driving (a common construction method used to drive support rods into the sea floor) has an effect on their natural behavior. The pile driving recordings were made during the construction of the Block Island Wind Farm.

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation’s ocean resources and their habitat. The Lab provides vital services for the nation: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems – all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. Visit the NOAA Fisheries website to learn more.

The James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab is uniquely situated in the Mid-Atlantic, on the Sandy Hook peninsula located about 12 miles from New York City. The primary mission of the Howard Lab is to conduct research in ecology, leading to a better understanding of both coastal and estuarine organisms and the effects of human activities on nearshore marine populations. Visit the Lab’s website to learn more.