New Paper: Using acoustics to learn about harbour porpoise behaviour in tidal environments

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.

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Lunge feeding humpback whales

Humpback whale calls light up the airwaves

On Saturday night, the 5th November, people listening to the live streaming hydrophone deployed off Lime Kiln Point State Park were surprised and thrilled to hear the calls of a humpback drift out over the airwaves. But as I write this post I find myself listening to humpback calls again, this time live -perhaps it is the same whale as last night, perhaps a different one.

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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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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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#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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Right whales aren’t where we think: implications for renewable energy projects on the US East coast

Offshore wind farms are in the early stages of development off the eastern coast of the US, with two projects currently under construction: the Block Island Wind Farm in Rhode Island and the Fisherman’s Energy Wind Farm in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The eastern seaboard is a prime location for the development of renewable energy projects, however, the area is also home to migrating North Atlantic right whales.

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#ThrowbackThursday: Forth Road Bridge

This blog post is part of SMRU Consulting’s #ThrowbackThursday (#TBT) series. 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 noise monitoring and mitigation work conducted during the construction of the new Forth Road Bridge.

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