Anthropogenic noise affecting marine wildlife in the North Sea

When we think about pollution, all that comes to mind is plastic waste, greenhouse gases, and the likes – but did you know that noise qualifies as pollution too?

With the hundreds of ships navigating to the harbors every day, the ecosystem of the North Sea is under constant stress. Not only do the ships themselves cause a great amount of havoc – the sound of their engines might be a pollute that many have underestimated. Scientists have found that the breeding, feeding and resting habits of various fish🐟🐠, crustaceans and marine mammals are disturbed by the unfamiliar sounds. Not only ships⛴️🚢 create noise, but the newly-placed wind💨 turbines also contribute a great deal.

Future For Nature Leiden has invited Prof. Dr. Hans Slabbekoorn to illustrate how anthropogenic noise affects wildlife and entire ecosystems much more heavily than we might believe, with particular focus on the wind turbines along the coast of Zuid-Holland.

The entry is free of charge and after the lecture there will be drinks🍷☕️ and a possibility to network!

Registration is compulsory and can be done by clicking this link:

Be sure to sign up soon as there is only place for 22 people! See you all on the 22nd!


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