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19th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal
Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea

Anthropogenic Underwater Noise

18-22 June 2018 | UN Headquarters, New York

Highlights for Wednesday, 20 June 2018

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The nineteenth meeting of the United Nations Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (ICP-19) resumed on Wednesday, 20 June 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York. In morning and afternoon sessions, panel discussions continued to focus on cooperation and coordination in addressing anthropogenic underwater noise.

In the morning session, panelists presented information on collaborative approaches to underwater noise, including on:

  • EU regional strategies, including its Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), which has “human-induced marine underwater noise” as part of a pollution definition;
  • The Impulsive Noise Registry by the Commission on the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic (OSPAR);
  • Addressing anthropogenic underwater noise through other relevant processes in the absence of specific national legislation;
  • A collaborative approach to assess vessel-noise impacts on Commerson’s dolphins in the Argentine Sea; and
  • A voluntary vessel slowdown trial in Canada within the endangered southern resident killer whale feeding area.

In the afternoon session, key points from presentations included:

  • A whale stranding event in Madagascar that helped identify gaps in knowledge, expertise, and legislation to investigate, evaluate or prevent noise pollution;
  • The Green Marine independent certification program with 124 participating countries that establishes performance indicators;
  • A review of key events and milestones for addressing ocean noise;
  • The role of industry in managing the impacts of underwater noise on marine life; and
  • The application of underwater sound for fish stock surveys.

During the lunch break, a side event, “Sonic Sea: Film screening and Q&A” was hosted by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

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Morning Panel on “Cooperation and Coordination in Addressing Anthropogenic Underwater Noise”

Participants during the session


René Dekeling, European Commission

A slide from René Dekeling’s presentation


Nathan Merchant, Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture, United Kingdom

A slide from Nathan Merchant’s presentation


Loúreene Jones, National Environment and Planning Agency, Jamaica


Ramona Sladic, Canada

Jonathan Vallarta, Mexico


Mariana Melcon, Fundación Cethus

A slide from Mariana Melcon’s presentation


Carrie Brown, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada

A slide from Carrie Brown’s presentation


G. Latha, India

Michael Jasny, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)


Stefan Micallef, International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Rebecca Lent, International Whaling Commission (IWC)


Martijn Peins and Sidney Kemble, the Netherlands

L-R: Rishy Bukoree, Mauritius; Michael Jasny and Lauren Kubiak, NRDC


Afternoon Panel on “Cooperation and Coordination in Addressing Anthropogenic Underwater Noise”

The dais during the session


René Dekeling, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Netherlands

A slide from René Dekeling’s presentation


Véronique Nolet, Green Marine

A slide from Véronique Nolet’s presentation


Howard Rosenbaum, Wildlife Conservation Society

A slide from Howard Rosenbaum’s presentation


Frank Thomsen, Central Dredging Association (CEDA)

A slide from Frank Thomsen’s presentation


Mark Tasker, International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES)

A slide from Mark Tasker’s presentation


Frank Thomsen, CEDA

Ramona Sladic, Canada, and Brendan Burke, US


L-R: Amelia Faotusia, Tonga; Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, ENB; Adi Talanaivini Mafi, Tonga; and Kevin Chand, the Malidves


Delegates from the Czech Republic and Japan check the ENB website


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