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12 03, 2018

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

By | 2018-03-13T09:11:51+00:00 March 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+00:00 February 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+00:00 December 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+00:00 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. […]

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 [...]

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! […]

14 08, 2017

The autonomous future of science!

By | 2017-08-14T10:59:31+00:00 August 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+00:00 June 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! […]

22 05, 2017

Moving slowly in all the right places – killer whales and reduction of noise effects

By | 2017-05-22T13:57:11+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This summer a voluntary commercial vessel slowdown trial is planned to take place in the core summer habitat of Southern Resident killer whales. SMRU Consulting North America have played a significant role in the development and implementation of this exciting noise mitigation focused trial which is being led by Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO Program. [...]

26 04, 2017

'Whispering' whales

By | 2017-04-26T08:15:53+00:00 April 26th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Video|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We all know humpback whales produce amazing songs that can be heard for miles, but new research has shown that during their migration from the breeding grounds to feeding areas, calves make low level vocalisations – a new paper theorises the reasons for these quiet sounds. […]

10 04, 2017

New PCoD page!

By | 2017-04-10T06:12:39+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve developed our new PCoD website and new information about the ONR funded PCoD+ project (see links at the bottom)! […]