About Us

A global leader in marine mammal consulting

SMRU Consulting is the world’s leading marine mammal consultancy with an unrivalled reputation for providing innovative, robust, and environmentally sound solutions for clients active in the marine environment.

Our team is trained in this highly specialized field to help our clients understand, assess, and mitigate the marine mammal challenge of their projects.

Services & Sectors

State-of-the-art marine mammal science encompassing all marine sectors

We specialize in the commercial delivery of cutting edge marine mammal science including survey design and implementation, population assessments, and risk frameworks. We work in a diverse range of marine sectors including renewables (wind, tidal, wave), research and development, decommissioning, government, infrastructure, and oil and gas. Our team is committed to providing practical, consistent, and timely results with a high level of attention to detail.

Our Projects

Understand | Assess | Mitigate

Our team provides expert review of developer Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Appropriate Assessments (AAs), and advice to non-commercial organisations in relation to Strategic Environmental Assessments in the marine environment.

We provide specialist input to all stages of the EIA process, from screening through to post construction monitoring on marine mammals, and bespoke research into marine mammal interactions with developments and human activities.

University of St Andrews, Scotland

Our History

SMRU Consulting was set up in 2006 as the commercial arm of the academic Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) at the University of St Andrews. Although separate entities, we work closely together, and jointly we bridge the gap between the academic and commercial worlds.

The academic Sea Mammal Research Unit is a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded research facility that carries out interdisciplinary marine mammal research and provides the UK’s main science capability in the field of marine mammal biology.

If you are looking for marine mammal academic research and expertise, please click on the button for the Sea Mammal Research Unit.

Sea Mammal Research Unit

Latest News & Blogs

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Sounds of the Sea: How to Listen to the World’s Largest Database of Marine Mammal Sounds

Did you know that bearded seals sound like spaceships? That blue whales can communicate across ocean basins? That humpback whales sing songs? And that dolphins make sounds through their blowholes? Most terrestrial animals rely heavily on their senses of sight and smell to communicate. In water, these senses are limited because light is readily absorbed and scents do not diffuse in water as rapidly as in air. Marine mammals have therefore evolved to use sound as their primary means of communication.
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