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UK Marine Noise Registry: Information Document (version 1) 2016

Marine Human Activities Marine Marine Strategy Framework Directive


The UK Marine Noise Registry (MNR) is a database that records the spatial and temporal distribution of impulsive noise generating activities in UK seas in order that they can be analysed to determine whether they may potentially compromise the achievement of Good Environmental Status (GES). The approach is consistent with the UK Marine Strategy Part One.

In UK seas, impulsive noise is generated by a range of activities including impact pile driving, explosions and geophysical surveys. Many of these activities may only be carried out under licences granted by a regulatory authority. Other activities, such as those undertaken by the Ministry of Defence, are not licensed. In both cases, data will be submitted to the MNR.

In accordance with the Open Government Licence, data are publicly available in the form of noise distribution maps, published regularly on Raw data are available on request.

The MNR was developed, and is maintained, by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations (DAs). It will contain impulsive noise data for activities taking place from January 2014 and onwards (dependent on activity type and industry).

This document is a summary of the development of the MNR and has been produced in consultation with the MNR steering group (MNR SG). A list of the organisations involved in this group is found in Appendix II.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Oceans

Reference date 2016·05·10

JNCC. 2016. UK Marine Noise Registry: Information Document, Version 1. JNCC, Peterborough.

Information document on the development of the MNR.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints For the MNR data access / use policy see Annex 1

Metadata date 2020·01·15

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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