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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. […]

4 07, 2018

Ruth presents on Southern Resident Killer Whale Habitat

By |2018-07-04T12:55:36+00:00July 4th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The University of St Andrews is currently hosting the 6th International Statistical Ecology Conference and our SMRU Consulting North America colleague and senior statistician Ruth Joy is in town to present. […]

14 06, 2018

Ursula presents Low Visibility Monitoring

By |2018-06-14T11:18:45+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ursula will be presenting tomorrow (15th June) on Low Visibility Monitoring at the workshop on The Effect of Seismic Surveys on the Marine Environment at the European Association of the Geoscientists & Engineers Conference & Exhibition. […]

31 05, 2018

New DEPONS paper: the effect of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea

By |2018-05-31T10:25:55+00:00May 31st, 2018|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We wanted to highlight to everyone the release of an exciting new paper which presents the predicted impacts on the harbour porpoise population as a result of the construction of 65 offshore wind farms in the North Sea, using the ‘Disturbance Effect on the Harbour Porpoise in the North Sea’ (DEPONS) model. […]

18 05, 2018

INPAS Abstracts announced!

By |2018-05-29T18:40:40+00:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

As we’ve talked about in recent posts, we’re co-organising the INPAS symposium – exploring the latest research on the effects of impulsive noise on and harbour porpoise and seals. We’re delighted to announce the abstracts for the presentations. Check them out below! And REGISTER HERE! […]

11 05, 2018

The impacts of impulsive noise – Symposium announcement!

By |2018-05-11T08:49:52+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Conference|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce – and invite you to attend – the INPAS Symposium – exploring the effects of Impulsive Noise on Porpoises and Seals. […]

27 04, 2018

The cost of lactation

By |2018-04-27T11:51:23+00:00April 27th, 2018|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the release of an exciting new paper linking maternal body size and condition during lactation to calf growth rates in southern right whales, using drones! […]

24 04, 2018

Where the environment and marine renewables meet; EIMR 2018

By |2018-04-24T07:45:07+00:00April 24th, 2018|Categories: Conference, Renewables, Research & Development|0 Comments

Coming together to present their latest research, results, and ideas and strengthen relations between the emerging marine renewables industry, research laboratories, and universities, the Environmental Interactions of Marine Renewable Energy Technologies (EIMR), Kirkwall, Orkney is the place to be this week. […]

16 04, 2018

Our Sponsored All Women North Pole Expedition; rolling blog updated daily

By |2018-04-22T20:44:45+00:00April 16th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are sponsoring an amazing group of women who are currently skiing their way to the North Pole. The Women’s Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition. Check back here daily to see how their expedition is progressing and follow #northpole2018 across social media for updates. […]

10 04, 2018

SMRU Consulting Sponsor all women North Pole expedition

By |2018-04-10T19:22:01+00:00April 10th, 2018|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

When an opportunity arose to support an international team of women to ski the last degree to the North Pole, how could we resist? Here at SMRU Consulting we are delighted to support the Women's Euro-Arabian North Pole Expedition 2018. Led by Felicity Aston MBE a group of 11 women from 10 nations (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, [...]

3 04, 2018

First Ever Sperm Whale in WA Inland Waters

By |2018-04-05T19:31:10+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Acoustics, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Yukusam is the male sperm whale named after an island to the northeast of Vancouver Island where he was first sighted in February. Now he has moved south and was spotted in the San Juan Islands on March 31st, the first ever sighting of this animal in Washington Inland waters! Generally a deep ocean species, the [...]

12 03, 2018

A tidal first!: Tracking movements of porpoises and dolphins around a tidal turbine

By |2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Chloe Malinka We’d like to let you know about a new publication, authored by researchers from SMRU Consulting, the Sea Mammal Research Unit, and a couple of PAMGuard programmers. Our paper presents findings from the first in-situ passive acoustic monitoring array for marine mammals at an operational tidal turbine in Ramsey Sound, Wales, UK. This post [...]

14 02, 2018

New PAM power analysis tool released!

By |2018-02-14T10:43:49+00:00February 14th, 2018|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, Stats, Training|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Last year, we announced the release of our report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring, we are now pleased to announce that the PAM power analysis simulation tool we developed as part of this work has now been made available online! […]

30 01, 2018

Free online training course – expert elicitation

By |2018-01-30T08:22:20+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Training, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Policy makers and managers are increasingly concerned about the effects of disturbance on wildlife populations, and in situations where management or conservation decisions need to be made, expert elicitation (asking experts for their judgements in a careful, structured process) is a viable way to provide short-term filling of knowledge gaps (we always recommend this to guide research [...]

26 01, 2018

What happens when porpoises are disturbed? Are they on an energetic knife-edge?

By |2018-01-26T07:04:08+00:00January 26th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the last two years, there’s been a very interesting exploration of how successfully harbour porpoises forage and what the implications are for their vulnerability or ability to tolerate disturbance. Here we’re going to take a bit of a ‘deep dive’ to explore what it all means. […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By |2018-01-16T07:55:14+00:00January 16th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to see two new papers published in Aquatic Mammals journal, furthering our knowledge of porpoise health, energetics and the effects of exposure to pile-driving noise. […]

11 01, 2018

How do porpoises respond to seismic noise?

By |2018-01-11T10:06:58+00:00January 11th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Given our projects in the North Sea and our work on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and with the development of the iPCoD framework, we’re always particularly interested when new research comes to light on how porpoises respond to noise. Today is one such day of interest! […]