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Assisting (sub) regional cooperation for the practical implementation of the MSFD second cycle by providing methods and tools for D11 (underwater noise).

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Organization: CTN-Marine Technology Centre, Spain

Duration: 2021-2023

ICES contacts: 

Neil Holdsworth, Head of Data and Information

Lise Cronne-Grigorov​, Officer for Advisory Support and Projects​​

Project objectives:

QUIETSEAS aims to support the practical development of the second implementation cycle under the MSFD for Descriptor 11 (underwater noise). It covers thematic priorities of the call by:
  • identifying specific impact indicators (for sensitive speciesmarine mammals) to enable D11C2 risk-based assessment
  • promoting the consolidation of pressure and impact indicators for D11C1
  • providing common methodologies to facilitate the implementation of assessment frameworks and setting thresholds values
  • delivering two tools for effective risk based management of D11C1 and D11C2 to assist regional and subregional cooperation for the GES assessment
  • assessing the effectiveness of potential coordinated measures to reduce the pressure caused by the opportunistic slowdown of the maritime traffic during COVID-19
  • building capacities to ensure knowledge transfer, capitalization of results beyond the life of the project and results that align with and support MSFD

​ICES role:​​

We are involved with eight activities in this project. We provide scientific and advisory services of relevance for the ongoing implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.​

This project has received funding from DG Environment of the European Commission within the “DG ENV/MSFD 2020 call” under Grant Agreement No. 110661/2020/839603/SUB/ENV.C.2​


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