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

Impacts of offshore wind construction on harbour porpoises

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report,  where we used the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) model to investigate the potential ‘aggregate effects’ that could arise from the currently planned 12 years of English wind farm construction on the North Sea harbour porpoise population.
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Moving slowly in all the right places – killer whales and reduction of noise effects

This summer a voluntary commercial vessel slowdown trial is planned to take place in the core summer habitat of Southern Resident killer whales. SMRU Consulting North America have played a significant role in the development and implementation of this exciting noise mitigation focused trial which is being led by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO Program.
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