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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Relating to Navitus Bay Windfarm EIA
Natural England acknowledges the consideration that has gone into devising an assessment methodology which attempts to attribute quantitative statements of significance of impact. The methodology is a welcome step in advancing EIA methods.
Relating to MCTs SeaGen
The expertise and knowledge of the team at SMRU Marine and SMRU, as world leaders in marine mammal research, played a crucial role in assembling an evidence base that demonstrated SeaGen, the world’s first commercial scale tidal stream turbine, is compatible with environmental protection in a highly sensitive and heavily protected area.
Relating to the development of PAMBuoy (now Decimus)
Building on the wealth of research and academic knowledge from the University of St Andrews, SMRU Limited has produced an exciting product which has significant global economic and environmental potential. We have worked closely with the company in recent years to support the commercialisation of this new technology and will continue to work with the organisation to help take PAMBuoy™ (now Decimus) to a global market place that is hungry for innovative, environmental technologies that support growing industries like the offshore renewable energy sector.
Relating to FCBC noise monitoring:
FCBC’s aim is for this project to be seen as a benchmark for world class environmental care in large scale construction projects. The underwater work we are doing is especially important and the PAMBuoy™ (now Decimus) acoustic monitoring equipment is playing a vital and fundamental role in mitigating impacts on Atlantic salmon during our operations.
Relating to the Interim PCoD model:
This model is a significant step forward in our ability to assess risks to marine mammals. However, it is very much an interim measure; it is expected that it will be further refined and built upon over time as more evidence becomes available. The interim PCoD model is a novel tool that will allow further insight into the potential impacts of disturbance on marine mammal populations. For now, it's important that developers considering using the Interim PCoD approach seek advice from the SNCBs and/or regulators at an early stage.
Relating to SMRU Marine and TÜV SÜD PMSS industry position paper series:
I would like to take this opportunity to thank PMSS and SMRU Marine for their excellent work and willingness to deliver a series of papers which consolidates the knowledge base and provides a cross-industry position.
Relating to the SMRU Marine and Xodus Report: Use of Deterrent Devices and Improvements to Standard Mitigation during Piling
I welcome the publication of this joint industry and Government report. It is essential that all industry stakeholders continue to work together to implement the report’s recommendations. This will increase the protection given to marine mammals, help us meet our renewable energy targets and encourage more investment in the offshore wind industry.