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15 12, 2017

Awesome away day!

By | 2017-12-15T12:32:33+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: SMRUC Europe, Training, Workshop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

As we close out another really good year for the company, working with great clients, funders and collaborators, it seemed like a good time for the team to look inside and reflect on how we can work together even better and more efficiently! […]

7 12, 2017

Listening to chorusing fish to identify dolphin habitat

By | 2017-12-07T15:13:55+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Collaborative research conducted by the SMRU Asia Pacific team was recently published as the Editors Choice in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS). The research described how the noises made by chorusing fish can help identify the foraging habitat of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Estuary, southern China. […]

27 11, 2017

Underwater noise, where science and policy meet

By | 2017-11-27T14:23:10+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In 2015 Andrew Wright from Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, VA, wrote; “Establishing noise exposure criteria for marine mammals has proven to be a difficult and contentious issue”. […]

24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By | 2017-11-24T06:24:24+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and TNO has explored how effective the sonar mitigation known as ‘ramp-up’ is for humpback whales. […]

20 11, 2017

Scottish East Coast bottlenose dolphins

By | 2017-11-20T12:32:48+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

An important predator in Scottish coastal waters, the east coast bottlenose dolphin has been studied for almost 30 years.  In that time the marine landscape has changed dramatically with marine industrial activities and the construction and operation of offshore windfarms.  […]

15 11, 2017

PAPER: How to monitor marine mammals in low visibility conditions

By | 2017-11-15T10:15:21+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Having a British base for SMRU Consulting Europe means some of us are a bit preoccupied with the weather.  And sometimes it even affects our jobs.  Visually detecting animals in low visibility conditions can be challenging – and that affects our ability to monitor populations and mitigate impacts. So how do we improve detection performance in [...]

7 11, 2017

New insights using DNA to describe the diet of endangered Steller sea lions

By | 2017-11-07T19:54:31+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

New publication now available: Tollit, D.J., L. Fritz, R. Joy, K. Miller, A. Schulze, J. Thomason, W. Walker, T. Zeppelin, T.S. Gelatt (2017). Diet of endangered Steller sea lions in the Aleutian Islands: New insights from DNA detections and bio-energetic reconstructions. Canadian Journal of Zoology 95(11): 853–868, year 2017, doi: 10.1139/cjz-2016-0253. The western stock of Steller [...]

30 10, 2017

VaquitaCPR: A bold conservation plan to save a species

By | 2017-10-31T10:08:44+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

In just under 60 years the Vaquita has gone from newly discovered species to the brink of extinction. This Gulf of California porpoise is rare, tiny and elusive and the most critically endangered marine mammal in the world. VaquitaCPR is a plan to save the species. […]

24 10, 2017

Biology of Marine Mammals Biennial Conference

By | 2017-10-30T10:19:07+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Categories: Conference, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|0 Comments

This week sees members of our Europe, Asia Pacific and North America teams attending the 22nd Biennial Conference of the Biology of Marine Mammals (the SMM for short). […]

18 10, 2017

ECOMMAS data are now available!

By | 2017-10-18T14:32:13+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustics Study (ECOMMAS) is a long-term project where acoustic data has been collected on dolphins and porpoise round the east coast of Scotland. Marine Scotland have just released the CPOD data collected between 2013 and 2016. […]

13 09, 2017

EOWDC Bottlenose Dolphin Study

By | 2017-09-13T12:07:42+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Great to see our work with SMRU on the EOWDC bottlenose dolphin project has been highlighted in an article in the Power & Energy Solutions Wind Magazine here. […]

8 09, 2017

Listening to Southern Resident killer whales

By | 2017-09-08T21:33:36+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On Monday morning 4 September, we got word that the Southern Resident killer whales were inbound from the Pacific Ocean. It had been over a month since members of this endangered killer whale population had been seen in the Salish Sea. […]

5 09, 2017

Haro Strait Vessel Slow Down Trial Update

By | 2017-09-05T22:43:50+00:00 September 5th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are now half way through the vessel slow down trial in the Salish Sea. This study with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, aims to understand how slowing ocean-going vessels will reduce ship noise in Southern Resident killer whale habitat. This is the first study of its kind to take place and has huge potential as [...]

4 09, 2017

Presenting at the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts

By | 2017-09-04T11:59:16+00:00 September 4th, 2017|Categories: Conference, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Rachael is away to the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts this week where she will be presenting: Strategic post consent monitoring of breeding harbour seals at the Wash SAC. […]

30 08, 2017

Guide to Population Models

By | 2017-08-30T15:22:15+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We are pleased to announce the release of our report “Guide to Population Models used in Marine Mammal Impact Assessment” produced for JNCC in collaboration with Dave Thompson at SMRU. […]

25 08, 2017

How does a tidal turbine affect seal movements?

By | 2017-08-25T07:59:13+00:00 August 25th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We’re pleased to announce that our new paper has been published this week in the journal Aquatic Conservation. The study explored how the presence of a tidal turbine might affect the movement of harbour seals in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland by analysing tracking data from resident harbour seals, before, during and after the installation of the [...]

22 08, 2017

The Viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring

By | 2017-08-22T07:10:17+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring! […]