The National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA) was established in 2008 by merging three governmental Agencies: the Environment Protection and Technical Services Agency, the National Institute for Wildlife, and the Central Institute for Scientific and Technological Research applied to the Sea. ISPRA acts under the vigilance guidance of the Italian Ministry for the Environment and the Protection of Land and Sea (Ministero dell’Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare).
With respect to underwater noise, ISPRA has been active since 1998 covering various activities within a number of national and international research projects, ranging from the NATO Sirena projects to which it has contributed since 1998, to more recent activities related to the environmental impacts of the LNG offshore re-gassifier plants in the Northern Adriatic Sea. ISPRA studies on bioacoustics have led to the creation of the Ligurian Sea Cetacean Sanctuary (Pelagos); further on, underwater acoustic research aimed at studying the presence of large cetaceans and the distribution of shipping noise in collaboration with Cornell University (USA). At present, ISPRA provides high-level advice to the public administration with respect to any noise-related human activity at sea that has potential impacts on marine mammals. ISPRA inputs in international fora such as EU TG Noise, ACCOBAMS and the Pelagos Sanctuary Steering Committee. Regarding the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), ISPRA acts on behalf of the Ministry for the Environment to execute and coordinate all related technical/scientific activities.
ISPRA can perform acoustic measurements at sea in the frequency range from 10 Hz to 400 kHz and owns a variety of facilities and vessels including: a quality certified laboratory for sound analysis and measurements, the RV Astrea (24 m overall length) which is full oceangoing and is capable of deploying and retrieving equipment in sea state up to 5, and a variety of trailerable small crafts for coastal and inland waters service


Fabrizio is a trained zoologist with 30 years of working experience. He´s specialized in underwater acoustics within Italian Navy submarine force (1987-89) as well as academia (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 1986, University of California at Santa Cruz 1995, 1996). Employed in various Italian Universities and government agencies from 1989 to 2012. January 2012 to January 2015 Senior Underwater Noise/Sound Specialist, Scientific Lead in Underwater Acoustics at CEFAS/DEFRA, UK. February 2015 to present National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Rome, Italy.

Salvatore holds a degree in nuclear engeneering from the University of Palermo. He has 35+ years of working experience. He has specialized at MIT (Boston, USA) and JRC EU (Ispra, Italy). Within ISPRA, he is the manager in charge of research and advice on noise, vibration, emf, light and UV radiation. He leads the National Reference Center (NRC) on environmental noise at EEA. He is a member of the acoustic component within UNI. Since 2013 he is in charge of the department on environmental certification EMAS, Ecolabel and GPP.