Small-Boat Noise Impacts Natural Settlement Behavior of Coral Reef Fish Larvae

S. D. Simpson, A. N. Radford, S. Holles, M. C. O. Ferarri, D. P. Chivers, M. I. Mccormick, Mark Meekan

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Abstract

After a pelagic larval phase, settlement-stage coral reef fish must locate a suitable reef habitat for juvenile life. Reef noise, produced by resident fish and invertebrates, provides an important cue for orientation and habitat selection during this process, which must often occur in environments impacted by anthropogenic noise. We adapted an established field-based protocol to test whether recorded boat noise influenced the settlement behavior of reef fish. Fewer fish settled to patch reefs broadcasting boat + reef noise compared with reef noise alone. This study suggests that boat noise, now a common feature of many reefs, can compromise critical settlement behavior of reef fishes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
EditorsArthur Popper, Anthony Hawkins
PublisherSpringer
Pages1041-1048
Volume875
ISBN (Electronic)9781493929818
ISBN (Print)9781493929801
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016
Eventthird International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 11 Aug 201316 Aug 2013

Publication series

NameAdvances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
PublisherSpringer
Volume875

Conference

Conferencethird International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life
CountryHungary
CityBudapest
Period11/08/1316/08/13

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