About Us

A global leader in marine mammal consulting

SMRU Consulting is the world’s leading marine mammal consultancy with an unrivalled reputation for providing innovative, robust, and environmentally sound solutions for clients active in the marine environment.

Our team is trained in this highly specialized field to help our clients understand, assess, and mitigate the marine mammal challenge of their projects.

Services & Sectors

State-of-the-art marine mammal science encompassing all marine sectors

We specialize in the commercial delivery of cutting edge marine mammal science including survey design and implementation, population assessments, and risk frameworks. We work in a diverse range of marine sectors including renewables (wind, tidal, wave), research and development, decommissioning, government, infrastructure, and oil and gas. Our team is committed to providing practical, consistent, and timely results with a high level of attention to detail.

Our Projects

Understand | Assess | Mitigate

Our team provides expert review of developer Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Appropriate Assessments (AAs), and advice to non-commercial organisations in relation to Strategic Environmental Assessments in the marine environment.

We provide specialist input to all stages of the EIA process, from screening through to post construction monitoring on marine mammals, and bespoke research into marine mammal interactions with developments and human activities.

University of St Andrews, Scotland

Our History

SMRU Consulting was set up in 2006 as the commercial arm of the academic Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews. Although separate entities, we work closely together, and jointly we bridge the gap between the academic and commercial worlds.

The academic Sea Mammal Research Unit is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded research facility that carries out interdisciplinary marine mammal research and provides the UK’s main science capability in the field of marine mammal biology.

If you are looking for marine mammal academic research and expertise, please click on the button for the Sea Mammal Research Unit.

Sea Mammal Research Unit

Latest News & Blogs

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Population effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals?

We're delighted to announce the release of two reports that we've produced working with the Office of Naval Research, exploring how the interim Populations Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) might be adapted to explore the population level effects of Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. In this study we focused on populations of Blainville's beaked whales and sperm whales on US Navy ranges in the Bahamas and around Hawai'i.
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A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

This week we saw some really uplifting news in the whale world. The US government announced that they were removing almost all of the world’s humpback whale populations from the endangered species list. To be precise NOAA Fisheries stated in a press release on September 6th that humpback whales in 9 of 14 newly identified distinct populations have recovered enough that they don't warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.
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