Concerns have arisen regarding the negative impact of underwater noise on marine life, especially in busy Canadian waterways like the British Columbia coast and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In response, a workshop was organized to explore technological solutions to reduce the noise produced by large, fast-moving ships, without hampering commercial activities. Hosted by CISMaRT and Transport Canada in Halifax in late 2018, the workshop brought together around 70 professionals, including engineers, scientists, and representatives from various sectors like shipping, academia, and government. The workshop included expert presentations, courses on ship noise, and brainstorming sessions focusing on both the general aspects of ship noise and potential noise-reduction measures. A list of currently available noise mitigation technologies was discussed, and it was determined that more research is needed to fully address the challenge. The workshop concluded with a comprehensive list of potential projects aimed at bridging the knowledge gaps in this area.
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