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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

3 04, 2018

First Ever Sperm Whale in WA Inland Waters

By |2019-03-22T15:10:40+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 [...]