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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Photos for fingerprints

Photo identification is a commonly used technique in studying marine mammals, for population estimation and deriving population demographic rates (e.g. survival rates, fertility rates). All of these are valuable inputs to PCOD models. Many whale and dolphin species can be identified for long lasting features by taking photos.

Eric Hoyt wrote a really nice piece with our friends at the Hakai Institute which provides a nice overview of how photo-ID is used to study humpback whales and other species.

Check it out and our projects!

 

 

SMRU Consulting

SMRU Consulting and NRW lead the way

Natural Resources Wales (NRW), working with a team led by SMRU Consulting and including other experts from the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and the Scottish Association of Marine Sciences (SAMS) have recently published a new set of guidance on marine mammal surveying requirements at wave and tidal stream energy sites in Wales.

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