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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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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! […]

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! […]

18 12, 2017

Underwater noise and cetaceans in British Columbia and Washington State

By |2017-12-18T09:21:58+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Its been a busy year for the SMRU Consulting North America team. But, we are ending the year on a high with the publication of two recent reports and the preliminary results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s vessel Slowdown trial. The preliminary results of the Slowdown trial and our reports on the effects of noise [...]

7 11, 2017

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

By |2017-11-07T19:54:31+00:00November 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+00:00October 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. […]

18 10, 2017

ECOMMAS data are now available!

By |2017-10-18T14:32:13+00:00October 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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+00:00September 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 [...]

30 08, 2017

Guide to Population Models

By |2017-08-30T15:22:15+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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! […]

14 08, 2017

The autonomous future of science!

By |2017-08-14T10:59:31+00:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of our report “Understanding the current state of autonomous technologies to improve/expand observation and detection of marine species” – which is now publicly available. This was a collaborate project with Akvaplan-niva, British Antarctic Survey, CREEM, NORUT, Seiche Ltd and SMRU and it follows on from the recent release of another [...]

20 06, 2017

Understanding bottlenose dolphin movements along east Scotland

By |2017-06-22T08:02:39+00:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A €3million scientific research programme is hosted at the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility – and we are proud to be part of it! […]