Wind farm construction creates noise that may harm squid fisheries


How do longfin inshore squid cope with noisy seas?

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The noisy construction of offshore wind turbines can discourage squid from hunting, which could lead to decreased squid populations and potentially decrease profits at fisheries.

Securing offshore wind turbines to the seabed involves a drilling technique called pile-driving that causes intense, continuous noise for up to three years during construction.

Previous research has shown that pile-driving may damage the hearing of seals and dolphins. People in the fishing industry wanted to know how this noise might affect squid populations as planned windfarms in the northeast US are set …

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