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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. […]

9 11, 2016

Behavioural responses to noise: The disparity between science and North American policy

By | 2016-11-09T17:21:41+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Categories: Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of the products of two international Fisheries and Oceans Canada-led workshops to develop “a risk-based framework for assessing cumulative impacts of marine development projects” has just been published. […]

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 [...]

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. […]

25 09, 2015

Wave gliders: game changing technology for monitoring marine mammals

By | 2015-09-25T19:14:18+00:00 September 25th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Video|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

East Carolina University’s Blackbeard wave glider has survived its first at-sea trials this week and has been successfully deployed off the North Carolina coast. The Blackbeard wave glider is manufactured by Liquid Robotics and contains a St Andrews Instrumentation Decimus® system to detect marine mammals. […]

23 09, 2015

Opportunity sites are ocean optimism sites

By | 2015-09-23T16:30:23+00:00 September 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Scientists have identified ‘opportunity sites’ for protecting marine mammals from ocean noise in the coastal waters of British Columbia. The team from SMRU, Oceans Initiative, Curtin University, and Cornell University has highlighted the importance of protecting habitats that experience low levels of shipping noise. […]

20 07, 2015

SMRU Consulting Wins Joint UK-Canada Research Competition to Advance Tidal Energy Technologies

By | 2015-07-20T17:37:10+00:00 July 20th, 2015|Categories: News, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

We’re happy to announce that SMRU Consulting has just won a bid from the Offshore Energy and Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA) and Innovate UK to help advance tidal energy. […]

18 06, 2015

SMRU Consulting – Impact Assessment Workshop at the SMM Conference

By | 2015-06-18T10:36:16+00:00 June 18th, 2015|Categories: Conference, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Workshop|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are hosting a workshop at the upcoming Society of Marine Mammalogy conference in San Francisco. Registration details are below. […]

27 05, 2015

Sounds of the Sea: How to Listen to the World's Largest Database of Marine Mammal Sounds

By | 2015-05-27T20:11:00+00:00 May 27th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that bearded seals sound like spaceships? That blue whales can communicate across ocean basins? That humpback whales sing songs? And that dolphins make sounds through their blowholes? Most terrestrial animals rely heavily on their senses of sight and smell to communicate. In water, these senses are limited because light is readily absorbed and [...]

4 05, 2015

The Secret Lives of Marine Mammals

By | 2015-05-04T03:53:57+00:00 May 4th, 2015|Categories: News, SMRUC North America, Stats, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

This week, SMRU Consulting North America is participating in a workshop on biomonitoring (using animals to explore isolated habitats) and biologging (tracking animals to describe their behaviour).  The workshop, ‘Building a Bio-analytical Theory for the Analysis of Marine Mammal Movements’ is being held by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and is sponsored by the [...]

14 04, 2015

10 Tips for Marine Wildlife Viewing

By | 2015-04-14T23:04:41+00:00 April 14th, 2015|Categories: SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Training, Video|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Did you know that when marine mammals are approached by a vessel, their behaviour can be altered or interrupted, affecting vital activities such as foraging, communication, and mating? There is concern that the cumulative impacts of these types of exposures will cause habituation to human activities and/or threaten the survival of individual animals. […]