Industries that operate in marine environments are under increasing pressure to document the effect of their activity on marine mammals and to evaluate the long-term environmental consequences of such activity. Although small numbers of marine mammals have been harmed by anthropogenic sounds [1,2] and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) drive public sentiment with definitive statements, little is actually known as to the direct effect of such activities on marine mammal populations. It is therefore critical to document these populations before, during, and after development of an oil production field by providing long-term, on-going monitoring over the life of the field.
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