The topic of noise in the oceans and its effects on marine mammals is one of high interest in many countries around the world at the present time. A cursory summary (that emphasized upcoming activity in the United States) was published in the April issue of TLE. This month's TLE contains five more papers dealing with this topic, and a subsequent issue will present at least four additional papers.

The intent in publishing the article in the April issue, and in publishing the series of papers in this issue and in a subsequent issue, is to increase awareness within...

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