Does Vessel Noise Change the Calling Rate and Intensity of Soniferous Fishes?

  • Joseph J. Luczkovich
  • Cecilia S. Krahforst
  • Mark W. Sprague
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 730)


Fishes of the family Sciaenidae (drums and croakers) are well-known for their abilities to produce sounds using both sonic muscles and the swim bladder (Luczkovich et al. 2008a, b; Rountree et al. 2006; Sprague and Luczkovich 2004). Calls of sciaenid fishes like Micropogonias undulatus (Atlantic croaker) can be heard with hydrophones throughout the day, producing sounds when disturbed, during aggression, and during spawning (male advertisement calls). In this study, we examined if the noise associated with coastal vessels (ferry boats and tugboats) that operated daily during the early morning through early evening had any effect on the seasonal and daily calling rate of Micropogonias undulatus.


Phosphate Mine Sound Production Atlantic Croaker Practical Salinity Unit Sonic Muscle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph J. Luczkovich
    • 1
    • 2
  • Cecilia S. Krahforst
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mark W. Sprague
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of BiologyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Coastal Science and PolicyEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  3. 3.Coastal Resources Management Doctoral ProgramEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  4. 4.Department of PhysicsEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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