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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. […]

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. [...]

10 09, 2016

A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

By | 2016-09-10T17:17:46+00:00 September 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 [...]

23 06, 2016

Eavesdropping on killer whales in the Salish Sea

By | 2017-09-07T23:29:25+00:00 June 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!   […]

15 06, 2016

NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

By | 2016-06-15T17:16:12+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  This month we were really excited to see the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) release their draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap for public comment. This is the first coordinated initiative by the US regulator to address issues of man-made noise in the oceans. And, SMRU Consulting is already collaborating on this novel effort [...]

3 02, 2016

Different ships produce different amounts of noise

By | 2016-02-03T09:19:37+00:00 February 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. […]

27 07, 2015

Subsampling PAM – Dangers of duty cycles

By | 2015-07-27T05:49:09+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) can be a great tool to monitor marine mammal presence over wide areas and long time periods. However, there can be large costs associated with retrieving and replacing the recorders – for example, those deployed offshore or in dynamic environments may require significant time, specialist vessels and personnel in order to retrieve and [...]

21 05, 2015

Right whales may have distinct 'voices'

By | 2015-05-21T10:32:39+00:00 May 21st, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, Video|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Right whales may have distinct ‘voices’ A really cool new study has found that right whales may have “distinctive voices” in their upcalls. This could be functionally similar to the way dolphins have signature whistles. […]