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Research project: The effects of sound on fish

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Can anthropogenic sound adversely affect fish? Can the sound of industry, construction etc. affect feeding, breeding and social coherence? Can we design sounds that deter fish away from dangerous regions, such as when industry might extract cooling water from a river?

Anthropogenic sound (from industry, construction etc.) can adversely affect fish, both in the sea and in our estuaries, rivers and waterways. It can, for example, affect feeding, breeding and social coherence.

However if fish are deterred from certain anthropogenic sounds, we can use that to build ‘acoustic scarecrows’ to steer them away from points of hazard (such as regions where industry extracts water from rivers). This can be particularly important for freshwater fish, because of the occurrence of water extraction points, and civil engineering, in fresh water waterways.

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