Assisting cooperation for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive on underwater noise

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For better management of D11

This project aims to support Member States and Competent Authorities providing methods and tools to facilitate Descriptor 11-Underwater noise management.



▪ Environmental Management ▪ Boosting cooperation ▪  Science-based policy ▪

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Objective 1

Identify relevant indicators for risk of impact assessment​ of shipping noise

acoustic propagation modelling

Objective 2

Consolidation of indicators on the state, pressure and impacts of underwater noise

methodology to establish threshold values for continuous sound

Objective 3

Promote harmonisation of regional work on threshold values

GES assessment

Objective 4

Providing management tools for GES assessment​

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Objective 5

Demonstrate the effectiveness of coordinated mitigation measures to reduce shipping noise

mitigation measures

Objective 6

Promote (sub)regional cooperation in the Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea

QUIETSEAS is being developed by an expert team for science-based policy advice

The consortium is made up of 10 entities, including relevant actors of the Common Implementation Strategy, Competent Authorities, Intergovernmental entities, Research Centres and Universities.


Facilitating underwater noise management

QUIETSEAS is a project funded by the DG Environment of the European Commission within the call “DG ENV/MSFD 2020” Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). This call funds the next phase of MSFD implementation. The project has a duration of 24 months starting on February 2021. is built on the work developed by the QUIETMED (2017-2019) and QUIETMED2 (2019-2021) projects.

A new tool will be released as output of Activity 7.

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MARBLUE 2022, 1st International Joint Conference

MARBLUE 2022, 1st International Joint Conference

Between October 26 - 28, 2022, the 1st International Joint Conference “BLUE GROWTH: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BLACK SEA” Conference organized by NIMRD, GEOECOMAR and OVIDIUS University from Romania that took place to celebrate International Black Sea Day....

ABIOMMED project General Assembly

ABIOMMED project General Assembly

Last 13th July 2022, Marine Technology Centre (CTN), as QUIETSEAS project coordinator was invited to attend the ABIOMMED project General Annual Assembly. During this event, the results of activities delivered in the first year for ABIOMMED project “Support coherent...



Between June 27th and 30th, 2022, the SERENADE Workshop took place at ENSTA Bretagne - Brest (France) "Surveillance, Etude et Reconnaissance de l’Environnement mariN par Acoustique DiscrètE” Vième édition. Maritime Hydrographic Directorate from Romania - MHD and...

Mid-term meeting

Mid-term meeting

Last June 17th, 2022, Marine Technology Centre (CTN), as project coordinator, organised the Mid-term meeting of QUIETSEAS project. This progress meeting was held remotely and attended by project partners and Advisory Board...

Workshop with CMS/ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS Joint Noise Working Group

Workshop with CMS/ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS Joint Noise Working Group

Last 15th & 16th March, 2022, Marine Technology Centre (CTN) and ACCOBAMS, organised a specific 2-day workshop with the members of the Joint CMS/ACCOBAMS/ASCOBANS Noise Working Group. MSFD representatives with high expertise on biodiversity and all QUIETSEAS...