Last week, COL convened our second annual industry forum; this year’s focus was on Sound in the Sea. The purpose of the event was to bring together cross-sector ocean noise stakeholders — all of whom rely upon science and technology to make the best possible decisions to ensure the long-term sustainable use of our marine resources as well as national security. Thanks to superb efforts by the moderators, panelists, and all of the 100+ participants, we were able to identify both gaps in our knowledge and understanding as well as the importance of monitoring, measuring, and sharing ocean acoustic data. There was consensus in these areas across the ocean industry, science community, federal government, and NGOs in attendance. We will develop a proceedings document in the coming weeks that will capture the forum’s numerous issues and outcomes. The document will also identify future courses of action to resolve knowledge gaps and inform science-based decisions and actions by industry, academia, and government to ensure the health and productivity our ocean. I look forward to COL’s continued involvement in this arena to help lead the ocean sound community forward.
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RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.); M.S.
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership