Noise in Bracebridge, a song, and carp

Hooting and hollering in Bracebridge; a song about noise; and dealing with carp

Today we bring you three noise-related tidbits.

Guess what? If you are in Bracebridge, at least during the day, you are now allowed to “hoot and holler”. But what exactly does it mean to “hoot and holler”?


According to a report in The Star, “During Wednesday’s town council meeting, a new noise bylaw was approved that allows for ‘yelling, shouting, hooting or similar noises made by a human.’” Before the changes, those “human noises” were deemed illegal at all times. Now you can do it during the day. However, there is no clear definition of these “human noises”, so be careful when you go there to hoot and holler. You might still get fined. (You can read the whole story here.)



And in other recent news, country singer Kenny Chesney has released a new song entitled “ Noise” – and yes, it is about how noise affects us. Perhaps an odd choice for a guy who plays very loudly in big halls, but he does make some good points. Check out his song here. (Be warned – you have to wait through a short but very loud ad from Apple before you get to the song.) If you like it, make sure you play it loud. Maybe you could play it on your car stereo up in Bracebridge?


silver carp

And finally, since it is spring, and the fish are a’jumpin’ soon, we turn to how to deal with those wacky silver carp that take over lakes, and leap out of the water and bash boats and the people in them. They are fast heading our way, and scientists are looking for ways to deter them. Well, it seems like “complex pure sound” might be part of the solution. Seemingly these carp don’t like such sounds. But won’t it bother other fish too?

According to biology professor Allen Mensinger,

 “One concern is that it could also deter native game fish. But the researchers found that the complex sound only bothers the silver and bighead carp, another invasive Asian carp species. The reason is that the carp are a type of fish – called ostariophysan – with “a specialized connection between their swim bladder and their inner ear, so they can hear higher frequency sounds,” Mensinger said.While the carp are deterred by the sounds, the game fish can’t hear the noise. “The sound that we’re using drives the silver and bighead carp insane,” Mensinger said. “We’re not saying that all native fish can’t hear this sound, but the majority of the game fish, the fish that people are really interested in from a recreational point of view, would not be affected.More research is being conducted to determine what other fish could be impacted.”

 You can read the whole article about carp and sound here.

Have a good, quiet Sunday.

If you feel like hootin’ and hollerin’, you know where to go. And you have a good tune to play as you drive up there. And if you are going to get a head start on the fishing season, you could play Kenny’s tune in your boat – maybe it will work to scare off the silver carp!


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