Introduction to the special issue on fish bioacoustics: Hearing and sound communicationa)

Arthur N. Popper, Clara Amorim, Michael L. Fine, Dennis M. Higgs, Allen F. Mensinger, Joseph A. Sisneros

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Fish bioacoustics, or the study of fish hearing, sound production, and acoustic communication, was discussed as early as Aristotle. However, questions about how fishes hear were not really addressed until the early 20th century. Work on fish bioacoustics grew after World War II and considerably in the 21st century since investigators, regulators, and others realized that anthropogenic (human-generated sounds), which had primarily been of interest to workers on marine mammals, was likely to have a major impact on fishes (as well as on aquatic invertebrates). Moreover, passive acoustic monitoring of fishes, recording fish sounds in the field, has blossomed as a noninvasive technique for sampling abundance, distribution, and reproduction of various sonic fishes. The field is vital since fishes and aquatic invertebrates make up a major portion of the protein eaten by a signification portion of humans. To help better understand fish bioacoustics and engage it with issues of anthropogenic sound, this special issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) brings together papers that explore the breadth of the topic, from a historical perspective to the latest findings on the impact of anthropogenic sounds on fishes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2385-2391
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2024

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