A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

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 have recovered enough that they don’t warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Watching polar bears watching you

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 record lows in sea ice over recent years. This June set yet another record low for Arctic sea ice extent. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre in the United States reported the sea ice to average a mere 10.6 million square kilometers in June. This may sound like a lot but it is the lowest average sea ice extent for the month of June since the Centre’s records began in 1979.

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#TBT: Real time PAM mitigation

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 in the UK.

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New Annex IV State of the Science Report

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.

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Startled seals

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 an impact on non-target species.

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Opportunity sites are ocean optimism sites

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.

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