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4 12, 2019

How to identify populations that are vulnerable to population level effects of disturbance?

By |2019-12-04T17:57:13+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Stats|Tags: |0 Comments

Over the past five years, we’ve been working with amazing collaborators at the University of St Andrews and around the world on the potential Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD). This week we’re delighted to announce a new paper exploring how to determine when PCoD models might be helpful in assessing the impacts of noise on marine [...]

3 12, 2019

SMRU Consulting at the World Marine Mammal Conference!

By |2019-12-06T09:30:10+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Conference, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are very excited to be heading to the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona in December, 2019.

29 11, 2019

Marine mammals and underwater noise in Antarctica

By |2019-11-29T11:00:19+00:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We were excited to read the recent publication by Erbe et al. (2019) published in ‘Frontiers in Marine Science’, which tackles how we might manage the effects of underwater noise on marine mammals in Antarctica. […]

25 09, 2019

The Coastal Acoustic Buoy: a new tool for remote and real-time acoustic monitoring

By |2019-09-30T12:33:36+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What do you do when client after client asks about real-time passive acoustic monitoring but are then shocked by the required logistics and cost of a cabled system or a large, long-term buoy-based system? Things get worse when the client also wants to localize any vocalizations and one detection system is just not enough to cover [...]

18 09, 2019

Job Vacancies: senior acoustician and software engineer

By |2019-09-18T08:19:44+00:00September 18th, 2019|Categories: SMRUC North America|Tags: , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting NA are looking for a senior acoustician and a software engineer. Posts are full-time and permanent with salary commensurate with experience. Please see the details in the relevant job postings: Software Engineer Senior Acoustician Closing date: 15th October 2019 Thanks for your response.

6 09, 2019

SMRU Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation: Celebrating SMRU’s 40th Anniversary!

By |2019-09-06T13:01:48+00:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

To celebrate 40 years since the world famous Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) was established, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems have today released their latest edition, but this edition is extra special as it honours SMRU’s 40th anniversary by only including manuscripts from work led by researchers at SMRU. The journal has manuscripts covering SMRU’s investigations of many [...]

4 09, 2019

Do Tidal Turbines Affect Bay of Fundy Porpoises?

By |2019-09-04T21:21:49+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting has been monitoring marine mammals around marine renewable energy projects since 2006. Our experience includes the SeaGen device in Northern Ireland at (the world’s first grid connected tidal turbine), the DeltaStream device in Wales, the MeyGen array in northern Scotland (the world’s largest planned tidal turbine project), and since 2009, in the upper Bay [...]

22 08, 2019

SMRU Consulting Europe Team Away Day

By |2019-08-22T15:27:08+00:00August 22nd, 2019|Categories: SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

There has been a lot of muffled muscle pains in the SMRU Consulting Europe office this week, as our annual ‘Team Away Day’ this year was particularly physical, but also great fun! […]

6 08, 2019

The harbour porpoise puzzle

By |2019-08-12T06:43:01+00:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: PCoD|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year has seen the publication of a series of papers which provide really important jigsaw pieces in how harbour porpoises exist on a day to day basis, and how they might be affected by being disturbed by underwater noise (e.g. from pile driving, seismic geophysical surveys or shipping). In recent months, a number of papers [...]

9 07, 2019

Watch your speed – whale zone ahead!

By |2019-08-09T10:46:10+00:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We’ve been working hard to establish critical research to save and enhance the Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) population in the Salish Sea.  This study is focused on the potential benefits of slowing down ships. SMRU Consulting North America’s team, based in Vancouver, Canada, worked closely with regional partners including Jasco Applied Sciences, to study how the [...]

5 07, 2019

Release of SNH report on Noise Abatement Systems

By |2019-07-05T08:34:57+00:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Conference, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are delighted to announce the release of our latest Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) commissioned report – a review of noise abatement systems (NAS) for offshore wind farm (OWF) construction noise, and the potential for their application in Scottish waters. […]

12 04, 2019

Marine mammal noise exposure criteria reloaded

By |2019-04-12T13:25:07+00:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, News, Oil and Gas, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An exciting, comprehensive and important piece of work on underwater noise and its effects on marine mammals has just been published – Brandon Southall and colleagues have updated their 2007 publication in Aquatic Mammals, congratulations Brandon and team! […]

15 02, 2019

How to monitor harbour porpoises in a large cSAC?

By |2019-03-18T10:29:08+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Design, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Stats|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The objective of this project was to determine the most appropriate approach, by full consideration of pros and cons, to year-round monitoring of harbour porpoise at the candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and wider southern North Sea and to subsequently design a sampling plan to monitor the site to inform assessments of site condition and [...]

23 01, 2019

New publication on autonomous vehicles online!

By |2019-01-23T10:30:32+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On behalf of our co-authors from Akvaplan-niva, British Antarctic Survey, CREEM, NORUT, Seiche Ltd and SMRU, we are pleased to announce our latest (open access) publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin “A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna” […]

26 11, 2018

Going for gold!

By |2018-11-26T13:30:59+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

We are proud and excited to announce that the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC)  Scientific Research Programme won the Sustainable Development Award, one of ten Nature of Scotland awards. The award, from the RSPB, co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage,was given last Thursday. The Nature of Scotland awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in [...]

17 09, 2018

Seal tag data helps us understand collision risk

By |2018-09-17T13:03:42+00:00September 17th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are excited to present a new publication on the seal tagging studies carried out at the world’s first commercial scale tidal turbine, SeaGen, at Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. […]

12 09, 2018

Presenting at ESOMM 2018

By |2018-09-12T07:45:28+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

This week Cormac and Ursula are attending and presenting at ESOMM 2018 (Effects of Sound in the Ocean on Marine Mammals) which is being held in combination with the 3rd Programme Review Meeting of the E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme (JIP) in The Netherlands. […]

9 07, 2018

Greenland harbour porpoises movements dissimilar to North Sea animals

By |2018-07-09T09:00:48+00:00July 9th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Though commonly encountered in continental shelf waters in the North Atlantic little is known about harbour porpoise movement patterns outside coastal waters. However, a recent study of Greenland harbour porpoises reveals long-range oceanic movements and deep diving as well as strongly seasonal coastal site fidelity. […]