Boating and other motorised actions are significant sources of underwater and above-water noise. Sometimes the human actions, careless of environment, are caused by nonchalance, but in case of underwater noise, often also due to lack of information.
In the first phase of the measure, information is collected of underwater and above-water noise levels caused by human actions relative to levels of natural noises. In the second phase, species-specific harm connected to a certain time and place is evaluated. Based on the study and where the information on the impact of noise on sea populations requires, the information collected will be used as a basis for measures to reduce noise in the marine areas. Measures to be used can be an information campaign on the effects of noise and noise reduction measures. Other measures could include regional recommendations and restrictions of use in the noise sensitive areas, as well as technical instructions on e.g. boats or their speed limits to reduce noise.
Ministry of the Environment