Active sonar systems are the most efficient mode of observation for characterizing the distribution and abundance of mid-trophic zooplankton and fish in the ocean. Advancements in instrumentation over the last decade have greatly expanded our capability to collect acoustic data from a variety of environments over long time spans. However, much these new data remain significantly under-utilized. In this talk, I will discuss challenges brought by this acoustic data deluge and my work in developing data-driven methodologies and software tools aimed at enabling the wider ocean sciences community to take full advantage of these big acoustic data. I will also take this opportunity to discuss my experience and lessons learned in organizing Oceanhackweek with colleagues within and outside of UW to promote effective computational workflow and reproducible research practices in ocean sciences.