Noise Task Force


In 2011, the name of the Seismic Survey Task Force was changed to Noise Task Force to acknowledge that its remit should include all aspects of the noise issue and not exclusively those related to seismic surveys.

The 1st Noise Task Force meeting was held in Vancouver on 13-14 November 2011 and the 2nd meeting just before the 11th WGWAP meeting, on 9-10 February 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. The 3rd Noise Task Force meeting was held, again under the chairmanship of Greg Donovan, on 2-3 November in Busan, Republic of Korea. The topics considered at this meeting included results of the monitoring and mitigation program applied to Sakhalin Energy’s 2012 2-D seismic geotechnical survey, analyses of data collected during Sakhalin Energy’s 2010 Astokh 4-D seismic survey, status of past noise recommendations, cumulative noise impacts and other issues.

The 4th Noise Task Force meeting took place from 12-13 May 2013 in Tokyo, Japan, immediately prior to the 13th WGWAP meeting.

The 5th Noise Task Force meeting took place from 11-12 October 2013 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The 6th Noise Task Force meeting took place from 3-4 April 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The 7th Noise Task Force meeting will take place from 3-5 October 2014 in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Russia.



Thanks to the support of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), a brochure on Marine Seismic Surveys - Modern Approaches to Minimizing Risks in Environmentally Sensitive Areas - Sakhalin Case Study was produced. It was first launched and distributed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Republic of Korea, September 2012, among others, and is available on this website in both English and Russian. As an outcome of work between 2006-2012, a scientific paper Responsible Practices for Minimizing and Monitoring Environmental Impacts of Marine Seismic Surveys with an Emphasis on Marine Mammals was published in the journal Aquatic Mammals at the end of 2013 with a global media release in January 2014 in both English and Russian.