About Us


icListen Team

It all started with a big storm and a tiny hole…


Named after the complex and ever-changing ecosystem we work in, Ocean Sonics was created in 2012, to help better understand, protect and harness the power of our oceans. A tiny leak in a pipe has led to a flood of innovation from Ocean Sonics, dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of our oceans.


In 2005 BP Thunderhorse was the largest semi-submersible oil platform in the world. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, it was expected to service 1% of total US oil production, until Hurricane Dennis howled into the gulf.


Hurricane Dennis damaged the rig, resulting in a leak that left Thunderhorse tilting at a 20 degree angle. After multiple unsucsessful attempts to discover the location of the leak, officials reached out a small ocean acoustic company in Great Village: Instrument Concepts.


Using our ‘Big Ears’ hydrophone, a leak was discovered in a critical pipeline. The rig was righted, livelihoods and jobs were recovered and potentially disastrous environmental impacts in a critical ocean environment were avoided.


Our success in the Gulf inspired us to reaffirm our dedication to the responsible collection of data and acoustic exploration of our oceans. We knew that there were many people with projects outside of the massive oil and gas industry that would benefit from our technology and design. The Instrument Concepts team pushed forward, designing advanced environmental acoustic instruments. The growing need for effective and non-invasive aquatic instruments led CEO Mark Wood and Desiree Stockermans to focus their efforts on aquatics.


Sitting around a dining room table late one summer evening in 2012, Ocean Sonics was created. With increased research, monitoring and investments in our water ways as well as the growing number of threats facing our oceans, Ocean Sonics knew it was time to grow. The icListen Smart Hydrophone was created to provide improved and more reliable data collection solutions and services, able to be deployed by researchers, scientists and institutions using acoustics to study, understand and protect our oceans.


Ocean Sonics is constantly innovating to provide the best products and services to our users. Our team combines many years of experience in designing and manufacturing world class ocean acoustic instruments with a passion for sound and a deep appreciation for oceans. We know that there is much more to making reliable ocean instruments than just producing great data. Every product is evaluated for usability and ease of deployment. We design all of our products to be compact and user friendly.


We listen to our users because they have great ideas and they often know to best use our products. We want all of our users to enjoy the experience of the icListen.

In 2017 Ocean Sonics became a certified B Corp, further cementing our dedication to responsible exploration of our oceans.

What Our Customers Are Saying
"Ocean Networks Canada performed a wide range of tests on the hydrophones prior to deployment to verify the manufacturer's specifications. The hydrophone instruments met all the manufacturer's specifications and were easy to use. Both models satisfy our requirements for dynamic range, sensitivity and, most importantly, reliability. When coupled with the fast and friendly customer support we have received, these LF and HF hydrophones are a good choice for our ocean observatory."

Tom Dakin
ONCIC's Sensor and Technology Business Development Officer and Resident Ocean Acoustician.