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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! […]

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. […]

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. […]

16 01, 2017

Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon Backed by Government Review

By | 2017-01-16T09:49:41+00:00 January 16th, 2017|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

We were delighted to see the publication of the Hendry review last week on the role of Tidal Lagoons in the UK energy mix. […]

23 11, 2016

Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Impact Assessment

By | 2016-11-23T13:49:30+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Announcing the public release of the Hexicon Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Environmental Statement that we worked on earlier this year! […]

15 11, 2016

Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

By | 2016-11-15T13:45:38+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new report which updates how we can assess the potential impacts of collisions between marine mammals and tidal energy devices! […]

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 [...]

4 10, 2016

Assessing noise reduction mitigation using PCOD

By | 2016-10-04T13:17:21+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We are happy to announce the release of a new report exploring how noise reduction methods might change the risk of impact associated with pile driving on the North Sea harbour porpoise population. […]

7 09, 2016

Expert Forum: Assessing at the Population Level

By | 2016-09-07T08:28:30+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, SMRUC Europe, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we led an Annex IV expert forum on the Risk of Collision Between Marine Mammals and Tidal Turbines – Assessing at the Population Level. […]

6 07, 2016

Conference: Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

By | 2016-07-06T08:18:51+00:00 July 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. […]

7 06, 2016

How tags help collision risk assessments

By | 2016-06-07T14:41:18+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Categories: Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

An SNH and Marine Scotland commissioned report, conducted by our colleagues at SMRU, has used data from tagged seals to assess the potential for collisions with tidal turbines, using the Pentland Firth as an example. […]

6 06, 2016

Marine Renewables Canada Open House

By | 2016-06-06T17:42:41+00:00 June 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. […]

24 05, 2016

How does pile-driving impact seals?

By | 2016-05-24T13:32:29+00:00 May 24th, 2016|Categories: Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) has explored how tagged seals react to offshore wind farms. This follows on from another study by the same group, published last year, exploring how seal hearing might be affected by pile driving. […]

6 05, 2016

Presentations from MEP!

By | 2016-05-06T06:19:36+00:00 May 6th, 2016|Categories: Conference, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Carol was busy presenting our-world leading research along side the best and brightest from the tidal industry in Wales at the Marine Energy Pembrokeshire 2016 meeting. If you weren't able to make it or want to watch Carol's and others presentations - you can check it out below and here. We've done a tonne of work [...]

27 04, 2016

Final Annex IV State of the Science Report Released Today!

By | 2016-04-27T15:28:35+00:00 April 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+00:00 February 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. […]

26 01, 2016

Startled seals

By | 2016-01-26T08:48:12+00:00 January 26th, 2016|Categories: Conference, Publications, Renewables|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs) have often been used around fish farms to scare away predators such as seals. The ADDs work by producing loud noises designed to scare away any predators. However, often animals can become habituated to these ADD noises as the desire to eat outweights the annoyance of the ADD noise. Also, the ADDs can have [...]

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+00:00 October 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, [...]