The anthropogenic marine noise pollution is a serious problem on the rise that poses a great threat to marine wildlife. The Northern Atlantic right whale is critically endangered and fully dependent upon the noisy U.S. east coast, where current protection methods don’t take sufficient regard to noise. In order to protect the species, we propose a solution, where via a network of actively monitoring sound buoys, we’d be able to create flexible protected areas based on the sonic needs. In line with NOAA’s Ocean Noise Roadmap and with NOAA’s authority, we’d ideally be able to​ sufficiently control and mitigate noise sources, and taking expensive noise byproducts such as cavitation into regard, we’d realistically be able to protect the Northern Atlantic right whale against noise pollution.


Ayumi Rie Mayer

Olivia Linnea Rygaard-Hjalsted