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Marine Life

Scientists use acoustic sensors, fish tags, and other observing technologies to study marine life. Electronic tags can be attached to marine animals to monitor their movements and learn about their life cycle. Acoustic sensors are deployed to understand how sounds in the marine environment affect marine species movement and vocalization patterns. Data from marine life research are used to:

  • Document marine diversity
  • Inform fisheries management decisions  
  • Understand the impacts of human activities on marine species
  • Provide insight into behaviors of species in rapidly changing environments

Marine Life News and Resources

The FACT Network

The FACT Network – a group of marine scientists working in the SECOORA region – are using acoustic telemetry and other technologies to better understand and conserve our region’s important fish and sea turtle species. Explore the FACT Network.

Sound in the Marine Environment

Passive acoustic recorders allow continuous and long-term sampling of the underwater soundscape. These recordings provide information on the behavior of marine life and noise levels associated with human activity. Listen to marine sounds here.

Developing Machine-Learning Methods to Quickly Classify Underwater Sounds

Underwater soundscape datasets take considerable time to analyze by scientists. Machine-learning algorithms are being developed to classify biological, geophysical, and anthropogenic sounds. Learn more.

Funded Principal Investigator Institutions 

  • University of South Carolina Beaufort
  • Mote Marine Laboratory 
  • Axiom Data Science
  • Fisheries Data Solutions, LLC
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Florida FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute