Heather L. Judkins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Each year nearly 1.4 billion pounds of trash enter the ocean from either a point source or runoff from the land (NOAA 2011). Yet aside from the land pollution that is produced, there is also a large amount of water pollution that takes place each year. This includes the fishing industry, shipping industry, oil spills, and one of the most underrated one is anthropogenic noise pollution. In 2010, NOAA reported that roughly 39% of America’s population are living in counties directly on the shoreline with an expected increase of an additional 8% by 2020 (NOAA 2010). With more people moving towards the coastlines, this means a potential increase in the number of boats on the water with an increase in noise polluting the coastal marine habitats.
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