Risk-based Approaches to Good Environmental Status (RAGES) is a two-year European project which aims to support the development and operational implementation of regional indicators, lists of elements and threshold values and integration rules for Good Environmental Status. The RAGES project is comprised of a consortium made up of competent authorities from Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal with (regional and sub-regional) responsibility for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the North East Atlantic region, comprising the Celtic Seas, Bay of Biscay and Iberian as well as Macronesian sub-regions and will work closely with the OSPAR commsision. The Signal Processing Group - Underwater Acoustic Lab of the iTEAMwill work in the RAGES project both: developing machine learning algorithms for the detection of marine mammals and performing acoustic recording campaigns in the Bay of Biscay. The information obtained will be applied at a sub-regional scale to the analysis of energy and noise (Desciptor 11). The findings and best practices will be used to recommend targets for these descriptors as well as to develop a transferrable Standard Operating Porcedure.