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24 11, 2017

How do whales respond to sonar ramp up?

By | 2017-11-24T06:24:24+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Publications, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting study from our colleagues at the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, and TNO has explored how effective the sonar mitigation known as ‘ramp-up’ is for humpback whales. […]

22 08, 2017

The Viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring

By | 2017-08-22T07:10:17+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: News, Oil and Gas, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of a new report exploring the viability of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) for long term monitoring! […]

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. [...]

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. […]

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 [...]

15 07, 2016

Watching polar bears watching you

By | 2016-07-15T16:10:18+00:00 July 15th, 2016|Categories: Oil and Gas, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new study is published on polar bear behaviour near ice breaker operations. Today is Arctic Sea Ice Day. When we think of the Arctic the polar bear is one of the first species we think of. It is an iconic Arctic species but one that is threatened by sea ice loss. The Arctic has experienced [...]

24 03, 2016

#TBT: Real time PAM mitigation

By | 2016-03-24T07:26:17+00:00 March 24th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This blog post is part of SMRU Consulting’s #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) series. On Thursdays we’re going to posting about projects from way back when, many of which are part of developments that are consented or up and running. This #TBT blog is about our development of a real-time monitoring buoy to provide live detections of dolphins and porpoises during a port construction [...]

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 [...]

11 12, 2015

SMRU Consulting SMM Workshop TOMORROW

By | 2015-12-11T10:09:55+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Categories: Conference, SMRUC Asia Pacific, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Workshop|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting are excited to be hosting a workshop at the 2015 SMM tomorrow! The topic is: Marine mammal impact prediction, assessment, monitoring and mitigation. There is a fantastic list of attendees going and we are really looking forward to the discussions throughout the day. […]

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. […]