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8 10, 2016

Friday night whale party in the Salish Sea!

By |2016-10-08T21:54:33+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00October 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+00:00September 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 [...]

10 09, 2016

A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

By |2016-09-10T17:17:46+00:00September 10th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This week we saw some really uplifting news in the whale world. The US government announced that they were removing almost all of the world’s humpback whale populations from the endangered species list. To be precise NOAA Fisheries stated in a press release on September 6th that humpback whales in 9 of 14 newly identified distinct populations [...]

15 07, 2016

Watching polar bears watching you

By |2016-07-15T16:10:18+00:00July 15th, 2016|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new study is published on polar bear behaviour near ice breaker operations. Today is Arctic Sea Ice Day. When we think of the Arctic the polar bear is one of the first species we think of. It is an iconic Arctic species but one that is threatened by sea ice loss. The Arctic has experienced [...]

6 07, 2016

Conference: Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

By |2016-07-06T08:18:51+00:00July 6th, 2016|Categories: Conference, News, PCoD, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting is looking forward to attending the 4th International Conference on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life in Dublin next week. […]

23 06, 2016

Eavesdropping on killer whales in the Salish Sea

By |2017-09-07T23:29:25+00:00June 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We are thrilled to launch the first of our live passive acoustic monitoring systems, the upgraded Lime Kiln Hydrophone Station is now live streaming around the world!   […]

6 06, 2016

Marine Renewables Canada Open House

By |2016-06-06T17:42:41+00:00June 6th, 2016|Categories: Conference, News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|0 Comments

SMRU Consulting to participate in Marine Renewables Canada industry open house. On June 14 Dr. Ruth Joy will be attending Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) Marine Renewables Energy Industry Open House in Victoria, BC, Canada. […]

11 05, 2016

Effects of seismic on bowhead whales

By |2016-05-11T18:24:19+00:00May 11th, 2016|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|0 Comments

This week SMRU Consulting Research Scientist Frances Robertson published her work on the effects of seismic survey operations on bowhead whale behaviour and distribution in the Alaskan Arctic. Her paper, titled Behavioral responses affect distribution analyses of bowhead whales in the vicinity of seismic operations, is now available online. […]

27 04, 2016

Final Annex IV State of the Science Report Released Today!

By |2016-04-27T15:28:35+00:00April 27th, 2016|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are delighted to announce that the final Annex IV 2016 “State of the Science Report: Environmental Effects of Marine Renewable Energy Development Around the World” has been released today! […]

23 02, 2016

New Annex IV State of the Science Report

By |2016-02-23T09:13:32+00:00February 23rd, 2016|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are proud to announce that the draft Annex IV State of the Science Report is released today. Our Technical Director Dr Carol Sparling co-authored Chapter 3: Collision Risk for Animals around Tidal Turbines, with input from our North American Operations Manager, Dr Jason Wood. […]

3 02, 2016

Different ships produce different amounts of noise

By |2016-02-03T09:19:37+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting scientist Jason Wood had a paper published this week on shipping noise, which at close range has high frequency components that could have the potential to mask endangered Southern Resident killer whale calls or echolocation clicks. […]

11 12, 2015

SMRU Consulting SMM Workshop TOMORROW

By |2015-12-11T10:09:55+00:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Conference, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Workshop|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are excited to be hosting a workshop at the 2015 SMM tomorrow! The topic is: Marine mammal impact prediction, assessment, monitoring and mitigation. There is a fantastic list of attendees going and we are really looking forward to the discussions throughout the day. […]

23 10, 2015

Tracking Marine Mammals in 3D

By |2015-10-23T22:49:35+00:00October 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

Many marine mammal species are remarkably deep divers. Beaked whales, sperm whales, and elephant seals regularly dive to depths greater than 1 km, and some species, such as the Cuvier’s beaked whale, have been recorded at depths of 3 km on a single breath that lasted over two hours! […]

14 10, 2015

Right whales aren't where we think: implications for renewable energy projects on the US East coast

By |2015-10-14T21:42:15+00:00October 14th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Offshore wind farms are in the early stages of development off the eastern coast of the US, with two projects currently under construction: the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island and the Fisherman’s Energy Wind Farm in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The eastern seaboard is a prime location for the development of renewable energy projects, [...]

9 10, 2015

Blue whales: the biggest and pickiest eaters in the world

By |2015-10-09T19:54:39+00:00October 9th, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Blue whales just might be the world’s biggest and pickiest eaters! They are the largest animals on the planet yet they feed on one of the smallest. They are specialist foragers that feed exclusively on krill, small crustaceans that are found near the bottom of the marine food chain. […]

5 10, 2015

Photos for fingerprints

By |2015-10-05T08:05:28+00:00October 5th, 2015|Categories: PCoD, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Photo identification is a commonly used technique in studying marine mammals, for population estimation and deriving population demographic rates (e.g. survival rates, fertility rates). All of these are valuable inputs to PCOD models. Many whale and dolphin species can be identified for long lasting features by taking photos. Eric Hoyt wrote a really nice piece with [...]