One day symposium presenting the latest research on marine mammals and impulsive noise.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12th June 2018

Introduction

We are pleased to announce a one day symposium presenting the latest research on marine mammals and impulsive noise.

The symposium will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on 12th June 2018 and is intended to bring together scientists, regulators, industry, and environmental groups to present and discuss the big picture of impulsive noise on marine mammals.

Meetings like the “Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life” and “Ocean Noise” conferences have provided excellent focal places for advancing our knowledge.

In the absence of these meetings occurring in 2018, we have decided that a one day symposium to capture some of the latest updates in research on marine mammals and impulsive noise – with a focus on species occurring in the North Sea – would be an excellent opportunity to keep discussions advancing.

The event is made possible by

  • Ministry Of Infrastructure & Environment

Speakers

Jakob Tougaard

Jakob Tougaard

Senior Researcher at Aarhus University

Dr. ir. Geert Aarts

Dr. ir. Geert Aarts

Ecologist/ researcher at Wageningen Marine Research

Miriam Brandt

Miriam Brandt

Senior Scientist at BioConsult SH

René Dekeling

René Dekeling

Project leader sound in the marine environment at Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management

Dr. Isla Graham

Dr. Isla Graham

Research Fellow at University of Aberdeen

Professor John Harwood

Professor John Harwood

Professor of Biology at University of St Andrews/ SMRU Consulting

Gordon Hastie

Gordon Hastie

Senior Research Fellow at Sea Mammal Research Unit of University of St Andrews

Dr. Christ de Jong

Dr. Christ de Jong

Senior scientist at TNO

Dr. ir. Ron Kastelein

Dr. ir. Ron Kastelein

Director at SEAMARCO

Dr. Bernie McConnell

Dr. Bernie McConnell

Deputy Director at the Sea Mammal Research Unit, University of St Andrews

Dr. Jacob Nabe-Nielsen

Dr. Jacob Nabe-Nielsen

Senior Researcher at Aarhus University

Dr. Jonas Teilmann

Dr. Jonas Teilmann

Senior Scientist at Aarhus University

Dave Thompson

Dave Thompson

Program

Tijd Speaker Breakdown
08.30 - 09.00

Registration & Coffee

09.00 - 09.15
René Dekeling

Chairman - General introduction

09.00 - 09.30
Jakob Tougaard

Impact of impulsive noise – overview

More
09.30 - 10.00
Dr. Christ de Jong

Impact areas

More
10.00 - 10.15
Gordon Hastie

Avoidance of pile driving by harbour seals; results of an animal-borne telemetry study

More
10.15 - 10.30
Dr. ir. Geert Aarts

Uncontrolled sound exposure experiments: Behavioural reactions of wild grey seals to pile-driving

More
10.40 - 11.00

BREAK

11.00 - 11.15
Dr. Isla Graham

Porpoise displacement at different noise levels during construction of an offshore windfarm

More
11.15 - 11.30
Miriam Brandt

Porpoise disturbance during noise mitigated construction of seven offshore wind farms

More
11.30 - 11.45
Dr. Jonas Teilmann

Porpoise foraging and disturbance based on acoustic tags

More
12.30 - 13.30

BREAK (Lunch)

13.45 - 14.00
Dr. ir. Ron Kastelein

Harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) energetics and fish catch ability related to offshore pile driving

More
14.00 - 14.15
Dave Thompson

Can short, medium and long-term elements of energetics and physiology help us understand the effects of disturbance on harbour and grey seals

More
14.30 - 14.50
Professor John Harwood

Forecasting the population consequences of disturbance: insights from simple bioenergetics models

More
14.50 - 15.05
Dr. Jacob Nabe-Nielsen

Using individual-based models to assess impacts of disturbances on marine populations - lessons learned from the DEPONS project

More
15.05 - 15.20
Dr. Bernie McConnell

A harbour seal IBM - an attainable management tool?

More
15.20 - 15.45

BREAK

15.45 - 17.00

General discussion: key gaps & Roadmap

Overview

After a general overview and introduction to the symposium by Jakob Tougaard (Aarhus University) we will focus on providing information about and stimulating discussion on three themes:

What is disturbance and when does it occur?

The presentations in the first block will focus on effect distances for porpoises and seals: contributions by Christ de Jong (TNO) on noise propagation and possible disturbance areas, Gordon Hastie (University of St. Andrews) and Geert Aarts (Wageningen Marine Research) on seal tagging and effects of OWF noise, Isla Graham (University of Aberdeen) and Miriam Brandt (BioConsult SH) on effect distances of porpoises due to piling noise in the UK and Germany (GESHA project), respectively. 

What is the effect of disturbance on individuals?

First, Jonas Teilmann (Aarhus University) will talk about the foraging efficiency of porpoises at various circumstances, followed by a contribution of Ron Kastelein (SEAMARCO) on porpoise energetics and noise. A summary of what we know about energetics in seals will be given by David Thompson (University of St. Andrews). 

What is the significance of disturbance,
i.e. what is the effect on populations?

In the third block we will focus on the extrapolation of effects on individuals to population effects. John Harwood (University of St. Andrews/SMRU) will start with a general introduction on PCoD (concepts, sensitivity of models), leading into Jacob Nabe-Nielsen presenting the individual based model approach of DEPONS, followed by Bernie Bernie McConnell (University of St. Andrews) presenting on the IBM seal project he is involved in. 

The program will be structured in such a way that there are lots of opportunities to contribute to discussions. At the end of the day we intend to determine the key gaps and decide on a roadmap.

The symposium will be chaired by René Dekeling (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Mangement).

Organizing committee

Dr Cormac Booth, Principal Scientist at SMRU Consulting

Dr Cormac Booth has been working in the field of marine mammal biology since 2000, in the laboratory and in the field. His research focus is on the assessment of man-made impacts on marine mammals; in particular, how exposure to underwater noise and individual responses manifest in population level effects. He is also focused on how the best quality science can be applied in real world scenarios and developing the interface of science and industry. Find out more

   

Dr Floor Heinis, Senior consultant at HWE Consulting

Floor Heinis (HWE Consultancy) is a marine ecologist who is working in the field since the early nineties. Her main activities consist of contributing to Environmental Impact Assessments and Appropriate Assessments of large infrastructural projects (Maasvlakte 2, deepening of the Westerschelde, offshore windfarms) and advise on the monitoring of effects of these projects and measures. She combines a keen scientific interest with the ability to translate scientific results into texts on which decision makers and/or regulators can base a decision. Find out more

   

Location

The symposium will take place at De Nieuwe Liefde, a conference centre in a monumental building with a rich history.

It is located in a trendy neighbourhood in the centre of Amsterdam (Oud-West) and can easily be reached with public transportation.







 

Contact

To get in touch with the organization of this symposium,
you can call Anne Louise de Goeij at +31 6 419 838 64, 
contact Anouk Stortenbeker or send us an e-mail at