Title

Assessing disturbance from under-ice noise on fishes in boreal lakes.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Title

Advances in experimental medicine and biology

Volume

730

First Page

363

Last Page

366

DOI

10.1007/978-1-4419-7311-5_82

Keywords

Neurobiology, Ecology, Otorhinolaryngology, Freshwater & Marine Ecology

Abstract

Resource development is increasing in northern Canada and with it comes the potential for a variety of impacts to aquatic environments (Birtwell et al. 2005; Cott et al. 2003), e.g., impacts from anthropogenic noise (Mann et al. 2009). Compared with what is known about aquatic environments in southern areas, there is a dearth of information on the ecology of fishes living in northern boreal environments (Birtwell et al. 2005). In the absence of northern-specific information, southern models are often used to assess environmental impacts of northern developments. Yet, northern and southern systems likely behave differently due to large differences in climate and productivity and therefore likely differ in their sensitivity to potential impacts. As such, unsuitable or incorrect resource management decisions may be made if northern-based information is not used.