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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 [...]

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). […]

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 [...]

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! […]

29 06, 2017

Oooooooooooooh shiny!!!! (new website)

By | 2017-06-29T09:30:11+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve updated the SMRU Consulting website! […]

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. [...]

17 05, 2017

Low visibility monitoring methods

By | 2017-05-17T06:18:23+00:00 May 17th, 2017|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are proud to announce the release of our report entitled “Low visibility real-time monitoring techniques review”. This was a collaborate project with SMRU, Marine Ecological Research Ltd, CREEM, Ocean Environmental Consulting, Alfred-Wegener-Institut and Prove Systems Ltd.  […]

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)! […]

9 11, 2016

Behavioural responses to noise: The disparity between science and North American policy

By | 2016-11-09T17:21:41+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Categories: Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of the products of two international Fisheries and Oceans Canada-led workshops to develop “a risk-based framework for assessing cumulative impacts of marine development projects” has just been published. […]

7 11, 2016

Humpback whale calls light up the airwaves

By | 2016-11-07T03:47:26+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

On Saturday night, the 5th November, people listening to the live streaming hydrophone deployed off Lime Kiln Point State Park were surprised and thrilled to hear the calls of a humpback drift out over the airwaves. But as I write this post I find myself listening to humpback calls again, this time live -perhaps it is [...]

11 10, 2016

SMRU Canada wins FORCE

By | 2016-10-11T15:05:04+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

  SMRU Consulting Canada and FORCE (The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) continue to work together on the potential effects of tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. FORCE is Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy, and acts as a host to technology developers, and oversees the independently reviewed environmental monitoring [...]

8 10, 2016

Friday night whale party in the Salish Sea!

By | 2016-10-08T21:54:33+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

On Friday night it sounded like the Southern Resident killer whales were having a party in Haro Strait. Our live hydrophones at Lime Kiln Point State Park drew listeners from around the world as Southern Resident killer whales hung out off the Lighthouse. We listened long after dark as the whales continued to call and echolocate. [...]

6 10, 2016

How noise impacts endangered beluga whales

By | 2016-10-06T08:01:40+00:00 October 6th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring how the interim PCoD framework could be adapted to assess the effects of disturbance on the critically endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population! […]

3 10, 2016

10th Anniversary – Prize & Celebrations

By | 2016-10-03T09:23:58+00:00 October 3rd, 2016|Categories: News, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , |0 Comments

We had a brilliant time on Friday evening celebrating the 10th Anniversary of SMRU Consulting! […]

14 09, 2016

Population effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals?

By | 2016-09-14T12:50:20+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of two reports that we’ve produced working with the Office of Naval Research, exploring how the interim Populations Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) might be adapted to explore the population level effects of Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. In this study we focused on populations of Blainville’s beaked whales and [...]