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Shannon FM – real time streaming of the sounds from the Shannon Estuary on the internet

A new project funded by the Environment Protection Agency in the Shannon Estuary which enables you to listen to the sounds of the Shannon Estuary has recently gone live. As part of a project being run by the Galway-Mayo Institution of Technology (GMIT) which involves monitoring ocean noise, a hydrophone has been installed off Tarbert Power Station jetty. The sounds of the estuary recorded by the hydrophone are being transmitted by the internet for everyone to listen. These sounds include ships and ferries transiting the estuary and the whistles and clicks of bottlenose dolphins.

The project is a collaboration between GMIT, the Shannon Dolphin and Wildlife Foundation, based in Kilrush, Co Clare and the Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics of the Technical University of Catalonia, which has established the LIDO system. Listening to the Deep Ocean (LIDO) is an international project which aims to monitor ocean noise throughout the world’s oceans.

Dr Joanne O’Brien, who is Principle Investigator of the GMIT Ocean Noise Project and also from Kilrush, Co Clare says “The ability to listen live to the underwater environment in the Shannon Estuary contributes to a world-wide network operated by the University of Catalonia. The project has a wide range of applications and is the first of its kind in Ireland ”

Project Manager with the SDWF, Dr Simon Berrow said “we are delighted to be involved with this project. We first attempted to deploy a hydrophone in the estuary and stream the sounds in 2004 but the upload speed of the internet was too slow to stream live. Now with improved technology and fastest internet connections this idea is now possible”.

This is a unique project in Ireland. It is hoped this system can be used not only to monitor ocean noise and bottlenose dolphin activity but support marine tourism and environmental awareness by allowing those interested to tap into sounds from the Shannon. “It is like your very own Shannon FM“ says Dr Simon Berrow “if we established a network of sites along the estuary, it could act as a unique and amazing monitoring tool enabling us to locate and listen to bottlenose dolphins wherever they are in the estuary. I can see a day where public listening posts are established along the shore and in people’s homes and offices where we can listen in to Shannon FM whenever we like”

For more information contact Dr Joanne O’Brien (Mobile: 086 8657633) or
Dr Simon Berrow (Mobile: 087 8545450) or
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