Active acoustics (i.e., fisheries sonar, echosounders) are integral to research and management of fishery stocks in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and New England. Underwater acoustic sensors are also being deployed as part of integrated ocean observatories and energy development platforms (e.g., tidal and wind power facilities) in the mid-Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
Applications of active acoustics are less developed in the Southeast United States, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. The Southeast Regional Acoustics Consortium brings together stakeholders from academia, government and industry to advance this field.
- To inventory activities, interest, expertise, and assets related to active acoustics
- To inform regional managers and science leads on the state of the science and emerging acoustic technologies
- To identify data gaps and management needs and the potential to fill those gaps using acoustic technologies
- To encourage education and training through academic and research opportunities