Impact of vessel noise on feeding behavior and growth of zooplanktonic species

TitleImpact of vessel noise on feeding behavior and growth of zooplanktonic species
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2023
AuthorsAspirault, A, Winkler, G, Jolivet, A, Audet, C, Chauvaud, L, Juanes, F, Olivier, F, Tremblay, R
JournalFrontiers in Marine Science
Date PublishedMar-05-2024
Keywordsbioacoustic, clearance rate, Growth, vessel noise emission, Zooplankton

Anthropogenic noise is a pervasive feature of the coastal ocean soundscape and is intensifying as vessel traffic activity increases. Low-frequency sounds from wave action on coastal reefs or anthropogenic noise have been shown to initiate larval settlement of marine invertebrates and accelerate metamorphosis to juvenile stages. These results suggest that some planktonic species can perceive and be impacted by anthropogenic sound. Hence, we tested the hypothesis that vessel noise has an impact on the feeding behavior of blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) veligers and of the copepod Eurytemora herdmani as well as on the growth of the rotifer Brachionus plicatilis. The results show that microalgae and feeding behavior of early life stages of mussels and copepods are not influenced by the presence of vessel noise. The growth of the rotifers was similar between the two sound treatments, but rotifers’ egg production in the absence of vessel noise was higher and eggs were also larger. Our results suggest that the effects of noise on plankton are complex; much more work is needed to unravel these often subtle effects.

Short TitleFront. Mar. Sci.
Catégorie HCERES
ACL - Peer-reviewed articles
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