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4 12, 2019

How to identify populations that are vulnerable to population level effects of disturbance?

By |2019-12-04T17:57:13+00:00December 4th, 2019|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Stats|Tags: |0 Comments

Over the past five years, we’ve been working with amazing collaborators at the University of St Andrews and around the world on the potential Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD). This week we’re delighted to announce a new paper exploring how to determine when PCoD models might be helpful in assessing the impacts of noise on marine [...]

29 11, 2019

Marine mammals and underwater noise in Antarctica

By |2019-11-29T11:00:19+00:00November 29th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We were excited to read the recent publication by Erbe et al. (2019) published in ‘Frontiers in Marine Science’, which tackles how we might manage the effects of underwater noise on marine mammals in Antarctica. […]

6 09, 2019

SMRU Special Issue of Aquatic Conservation: Celebrating SMRU’s 40th Anniversary!

By |2019-09-06T13:01:48+00:00September 6th, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

To celebrate 40 years since the world famous Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) was established, Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems have today released their latest edition, but this edition is extra special as it honours SMRU’s 40th anniversary by only including manuscripts from work led by researchers at SMRU. The journal has manuscripts covering SMRU’s investigations of many [...]

4 09, 2019

Do Tidal Turbines Affect Bay of Fundy Porpoises?

By |2019-09-04T21:21:49+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting has been monitoring marine mammals around marine renewable energy projects since 2006. Our experience includes the SeaGen device in Northern Ireland at (the world’s first grid connected tidal turbine), the DeltaStream device in Wales, the MeyGen array in northern Scotland (the world’s largest planned tidal turbine project), and since 2009, in the upper Bay [...]

5 07, 2019

Release of SNH report on Noise Abatement Systems

By |2019-07-05T08:34:57+00:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Conference, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are delighted to announce the release of our latest Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) commissioned report – a review of noise abatement systems (NAS) for offshore wind farm (OWF) construction noise, and the potential for their application in Scottish waters. […]

12 04, 2019

Marine mammal noise exposure criteria reloaded

By |2019-04-12T13:25:07+00:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, News, Oil and Gas, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

An exciting, comprehensive and important piece of work on underwater noise and its effects on marine mammals has just been published – Brandon Southall and colleagues have updated their 2007 publication in Aquatic Mammals, congratulations Brandon and team! […]

15 02, 2019

How to monitor harbour porpoises in a large cSAC?

By |2019-03-18T10:29:08+00:00February 15th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Design, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Stats|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The objective of this project was to determine the most appropriate approach, by full consideration of pros and cons, to year-round monitoring of harbour porpoise at the candidate Special Area of Conservation (cSAC) and wider southern North Sea and to subsequently design a sampling plan to monitor the site to inform assessments of site condition and [...]

23 01, 2019

New publication on autonomous vehicles online!

By |2019-01-23T10:30:32+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

On behalf of our co-authors from Akvaplan-niva, British Antarctic Survey, CREEM, NORUT, Seiche Ltd and SMRU, we are pleased to announce our latest (open access) publication in Marine Pollution Bulletin “A review of unmanned vehicles for the detection and monitoring of marine fauna” […]

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. […]

14 06, 2018

Ursula presents Low Visibility Monitoring

By |2018-06-14T11:18:45+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Ursula will be presenting tomorrow (15th June) on Low Visibility Monitoring at the workshop on The Effect of Seismic Surveys on the Marine Environment at the European Association of the Geoscientists & Engineers Conference & Exhibition. […]

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 [...]

26 01, 2018

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

By |2019-03-18T10:38:46+00:00January 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 |2019-03-18T10:40:06+00:00January 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 |2019-03-18T10:41:48+00:00January 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+00:00December 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 |2019-03-22T15:08:39+00:00November 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+00:00November 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 [...]