Temporal patterns in the soundscape of the shallow waters of a Mediterranean marine protected area

Giuseppa Buscaino, Maria Ceraulo, Nadia Pieretti, Valentina Corrias, Almo Farina, Francesco Filiciotto, Vincenzo Maccarrone, Rosario Grammauta, Francesco Caruso, Alonge Giuseppe, Salvatore Mazzola

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

22 Citations (Scopus)


The study of marine soundscapes is an emerging field of research that contributes important information about biological compositions and environmental conditions. The seasonal and circadian soundscape trends of a marine protected area (MPA) in the Mediterranean Sea have been studied for one year using an autonomous acoustic recorder. Frequencies less than 1 kHz are dominated by noise generated by waves and are louder during the winter; conversely, higher frequencies (4-96 kHz) are dominated by snapping shrimp, which increase their acoustic activity at night during the summer. Fish choruses, below 2 kHz, characterize the soundscape at sunset during the summer. Because there are 13 vessel passages per hour on average, causing acoustic interference with fish choruses 46% of the time, this MPA cannot be considered to be protected from noise. On the basis of the high seasonal variability of the soundscape components, this study proposes a one-year acoustic monitoring protocol using the soundscape methodology approach and discusses the concept of MPA size.
Original languageEnglish
Article number34230
Pages (from-to)-
JournalScientific Reports
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General

Cite this

Buscaino, G., Ceraulo, M., Pieretti, N., Corrias, V., Farina, A., Filiciotto, F., Maccarrone, V., Grammauta, R., Caruso, F., Giuseppe, A., & Mazzola, S. (2016). Temporal patterns in the soundscape of the shallow waters of a Mediterranean marine protected area. Scientific Reports, 6, -. [34230]. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep34230