Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

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!

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Population effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals?

We’re delighted to announce the release of two reports that we’ve produced working with the Office of Naval Research, exploring how the interim Populations Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) might be adapted to explore the population level effects of Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. In this study we focused on populations of Blainville’s beaked whales and sperm whales on US Navy ranges in the Bahamas and around Hawai’i.

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Improving environmental monitoring around tidal energy devices!

We are proud to announce the release of a new report on the innovative new technology we have developed and tested for the fine scale underwater movements of marine mammals in the vicinity of marine tidal energy devices.

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NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

 

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 as NOAA are currently assessing our (interim) Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCOD) framework to assess impacts of noise on Cook Inlet Beluga (more on this later!).

Check out the Ocean Noise Strategy efforts and the recently released Roadmap here. Public comments on the draft Roadmap are welcomed by NOAA until July 1, 2016.

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