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10 04, 2017

New PCoD page!

By | 2017-04-10T06:12:39+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Categories: News, PCoD, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve developed our new PCoD website and new information about the ONR funded PCoD+ project (see links at the bottom)! […]

23 02, 2017

How to monitor for population effects of noise?

By | 2017-02-23T08:44:57+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Categories: PCoD, Workshop|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Next week, we’re hosting a workshop to identify monitoring priorities for assessing population consequences of disturbance! […]

9 12, 2016

Measuring Stress in Marine Mammals

By | 2016-12-09T10:02:03+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Publications|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

A fascinating new paper has just been published which examines how stress hormones are measured in seals. […]

21 11, 2016

Grey whales change their calls to be heard over noise

By | 2016-11-21T12:43:13+00:00 November 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. […]

15 11, 2016

Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

By | 2016-11-15T13:45:38+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Categories: Renewables, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re excited to announce the release of a new report which updates how we can assess the potential impacts of collisions between marine mammals and tidal energy devices! […]

9 11, 2016

Behavioural responses to noise: The disparity between science and North American policy

By | 2016-11-09T17:21:41+00:00 November 9th, 2016|Categories: Publications, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

One of the products of two international Fisheries and Oceans Canada-led workshops to develop “a risk-based framework for assessing cumulative impacts of marine development projects” has just been published. […]

7 11, 2016

Humpback whale calls light up the airwaves

By | 2016-11-07T03:47:26+00:00 November 7th, 2016|Categories: Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

8 10, 2016

Friday night whale party in the Salish Sea!

By | 2016-10-08T21:54:33+00:00 October 8th, 2016|Categories: News, Research & Development, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

On Friday night it sounded like the Southern Resident killer whales were having a party in Haro Strait. Our live hydrophones at Lime Kiln Point State Park drew listeners from around the world as Southern Resident killer whales hung out off the Lighthouse. We listened long after dark as the whales continued to call and echolocate. [...]

21 09, 2016

The future of PCoD?

By | 2016-09-21T06:23:21+00:00 September 21st, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce we’ve been awarded funding by the Office of Naval Research to build upon all the work done to date on exploring the Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCoD)! […]

14 09, 2016

Population effects of Navy sonar on marine mammals?

By | 2016-09-14T12:50:20+00:00 September 14th, 2016|Categories: PCoD, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

We’re delighted to announce the release of two reports that we’ve produced working with the Office of Naval Research, exploring how the interim Populations Consequences of Disturbance (iPCoD) might be adapted to explore the population level effects of Navy exercises on marine mammal populations. In this study we focused on populations of Blainville’s beaked whales and [...]

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 [...]

23 08, 2016

New paper: getting noise from tags

By | 2016-08-23T06:14:50+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Categories: Publications|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

An exciting new paper has been published, from our friends at the Dutch organisation TNO – exploring how to get measurements of ambient (and other) noise from DTAGs. […]

6 07, 2016

Conference: Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life

By | 2016-07-06T08:18:51+00:00 July 6th, 2016|Categories: Conference, News, PCoD, Renewables, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

SMRU Consulting is looking forward to attending the 4th International Conference on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life in Dublin next week. […]

16 06, 2016

Improving environmental monitoring around tidal energy devices!

By | 2016-06-16T08:30:45+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Categories: News, Publications, Research & Development, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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. […]

15 06, 2016

NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

By | 2016-06-15T17:16:12+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: News, PCoD, Research & Development|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

  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 [...]

11 03, 2016

Acronyms abound! JNCC release JCPIII

By | 2016-03-11T10:17:57+00:00 March 11th, 2016|Categories: News, Publications, Research & Development, Stats|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Excited to see that the Joint Nature Conservation Committee has released the Joint Cetacean Protocol (JCP)! […]

21 10, 2015

Your moment of zen…

By | 2015-10-21T06:28:32+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Categories: Video|Tags: , , , , , , |1 Comment

Wow, I slept poorly. If you had a bumpy start to your day, check out this serene video of a humpback mother and calf hanging with a dolphin mother and calf off the coast of Australia, filmed from a drone and reported on Azura. Here’s your moment of Zen… […]

5 10, 2015

Photos for fingerprints

By | 2015-10-05T08:05:28+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Categories: PCoD, SMRUC Europe, SMRUC North America|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

10 08, 2015

SMRU Consulting and NRW lead the way

By | 2015-08-10T07:00:40+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Categories: News, Publications, Renewables, SMRUC Europe|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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. […]