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3 12, 2019

SMRU Consulting at the World Marine Mammal Conference!

By |2019-12-06T09:30:10+00:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, Conference, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are very excited to be heading to the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona in December, 2019.

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. […]

25 09, 2019

The Coastal Acoustic Buoy: a new tool for remote and real-time acoustic monitoring

By |2019-09-30T12:33:36+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Acoustics, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What do you do when client after client asks about real-time passive acoustic monitoring but are then shocked by the required logistics and cost of a cabled system or a large, long-term buoy-based system? Things get worse when the client also wants to localize any vocalizations and one detection system is just not enough to cover [...]

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. […]

3 04, 2018

First Ever Sperm Whale in WA Inland Waters

By |2019-03-22T15:10:40+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Acoustics, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Yukusam is the male sperm whale named after an island to the northeast of Vancouver Island where he was first sighted in February. Now he has moved south and was spotted in the San Juan Islands on March 31st, the first ever sighting of this animal in Washington Inland waters! Generally a deep ocean species, the [...]

8 09, 2017

Listening to Southern Resident killer whales

By |2017-09-08T21:33:36+00:00September 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+00:00May 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+00:00September 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 [...]

23 06, 2016

Eavesdropping on killer whales in the Salish Sea

By |2019-03-22T12:21:23+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!   […]

15 06, 2016

NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

By |2016-06-15T17:16:12+00:00June 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+00:00February 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. […]

27 07, 2015

Subsampling PAM – Dangers of duty cycles

By |2015-07-27T05:49:09+00:00July 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 [...]