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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 [...]

26 01, 2018

What happens when porpoises are disturbed? Are they on an energetic knife-edge?

By | 2018-01-26T07:04:08+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Over the last two years, there’s been a very interesting exploration of how successfully harbour porpoises forage and what the implications are for their vulnerability or ability to tolerate disturbance. Here we’re going to take a bit of a ‘deep dive’ to explore what it all means. […]

16 01, 2018

New porpoise energetics papers!

By | 2018-01-16T07:55:14+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to see two new papers published in Aquatic Mammals journal, furthering our knowledge of porpoise health, energetics and the effects of exposure to pile-driving noise. […]

11 01, 2018

How do porpoises respond to seismic noise?

By | 2018-01-11T10:06:58+00:00 January 11th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Given our projects in the North Sea and our work on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and with the development of the iPCoD framework, we’re always particularly interested when new research comes to light on how porpoises respond to noise. Today is one such day of interest! […]

7 12, 2017

Listening to chorusing fish to identify dolphin habitat

By | 2017-12-07T15:13:55+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Publications, SMRUC Asia Pacific|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Collaborative research conducted by the SMRU Asia Pacific team was recently published as the Editors Choice in the ICES Journal of Marine Science (IJMS). The research described how the noises made by chorusing fish can help identify the foraging habitat of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis) in the Pearl River Estuary, southern China. […]

24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By | 2017-11-24T06:24:24+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and TNO has explored how effective the sonar mitigation known as ‘ramp-up’ is for humpback whales. […]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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! […]

13 06, 2017

Impacts of offshore wind construction on harbour porpoises

By | 2017-06-13T06:39:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Renewables, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report,  where we used the Interim Population Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) model to investigate the potential ‘aggregate effects’ that could arise from the currently planned 12 years of English wind farm construction on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

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.  […]

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)! […]

6 03, 2017

New Paper: Using acoustics to learn about harbour porpoise behaviour in tidal environments

By | 2017-03-06T18:44:19+00:00 March 6th, 2017|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Last week our colleagues at SMRU and PAMGuard published a paper on an approach they developed to successfully find and track harbour porpoise in tidally active areas. Their paper entitled Passive acoustic methods for fine-scale tracking of harbour porpoise in tidal rapids was published in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. […]

1 02, 2017

Effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

By | 2017-02-01T13:46:07+00:00 February 1st, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the release of the Endangered Species Research special-themed issue on the effects of Deepwater Horizon. We are extremely proud to have worked on this as part of a collaborate effort with CREEM, SMRU and NOAA. […]