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18 12, 2017

Underwater noise and cetaceans in British Columbia and Washington State

By |2017-12-18T09:21:58+00:00December 18th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Its been a busy year for the SMRU Consulting North America team. But, we are ending the year on a high with the publication of two recent reports and the preliminary results of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s vessel Slowdown trial. The preliminary results of the Slowdown trial and our reports on the effects of noise [...]

8 09, 2017

Listening to Southern Resident killer whales

By |2017-09-08T21:33:36+00:00September 8th, 2017|Categories: News, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

On Monday morning 4 September, we got word that the Southern Resident killer whales were inbound from the Pacific Ocean. It had been over a month since members of this endangered killer whale population had been seen in the Salish Sea. […]

5 09, 2017

Haro Strait Vessel Slow Down Trial Update

By |2017-09-05T22:43:50+00:00September 5th, 2017|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

We are now half way through the vessel slow down trial in the Salish Sea. This study with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, aims to understand how slowing ocean-going vessels will reduce ship noise in Southern Resident killer whale habitat. This is the first study of its kind to take place and has huge potential as [...]

21 11, 2016

Grey whales change their calls to be heard over noise

By |2016-11-21T12:43:13+00:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: News, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new paper has just been published on the vocal responses of grey whales to underwater noise. […]

10 09, 2016

A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

By |2016-09-10T17:17:46+00:00September 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 [...]

1 06, 2016

Feeding with porpoise

By |2016-06-01T07:01:33+00:00June 1st, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A really interesting new study was published last week, which used data collected from tags deployed on harbour porpoises – in order to explore how the animals find food. […]

3 02, 2016

Different ships produce different amounts of noise

By |2016-02-03T09:19:37+00:00February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting scientist Jason Wood had a paper published this week on shipping noise, which at close range has high frequency components that could have the potential to mask endangered Southern Resident killer whale calls or echolocation clicks. […]

18 11, 2015

Movements of North Atlantic right whales explored

By |2015-11-18T10:05:20+00:00November 18th, 2015|Categories: Oil and Gas, PCoD, Publications, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new study focused on using expert elicitation to help try to plug data gaps for North Atlantic right whales (NARW) has recently been published by University of St Andrews scientists (and co-authors in the USA). […]

23 09, 2015

Opportunity sites are ocean optimism sites

By |2015-09-23T16:30:23+00:00September 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. […]

23 06, 2015

Avoiding High Frequency Vessel Noise on Porpoise

By |2015-06-23T22:38:22+00:00June 23rd, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America, Video|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

A new paper in published in Nature has found that harbour porpoises react to low levels of high frequency vessel noise. Odontocetes (toothed whales, dolphins, and porpoises) in particular rely heavily on the propagation of underwater sound for essential life functions including communication, navigation, and foraging. OCEAN NOISE IS ON THE RISE and it’s important to [...]

29 05, 2015

New ECHO Program Tackles Threats to Cetaceans in Southern British Columbia

By |2015-05-29T20:25:26+00:00May 29th, 2015|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Whale, dolphin, and porpoise populations in the Salish Sea face a variety of threats including acoustic disturbance, physical disruption, contaminants, and reduced prey availability. In particular, the endangered population of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKWs) continues to struggle as a result of ocean pollution, underwater noise, and food availability. A ten-year NOAA study found that SRKWs [...]

8 05, 2015

PAPER: Collisions with ships explained? Blue whales and cargo ships

By |2015-05-08T06:04:16+00:00May 8th, 2015|Categories: News, Publications|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

A new paper from the Goldbogen Lab at Stanford University suggests that blue whales lack the ability to avoid large cargo vessels. […]