Marine Scotland

  • Understanding how seals use the water column in tidally energetic areas

    30th November 2017 by

    New Publications image

    As the tidal renewable industry continues to grow, increasing our understanding of the way that marine mammals use tidally energetic areas is of particular importance. This is a particular issue as there is increasing evidence that tidal energetic areas can be important foraging areas for marine mammals, therefore understanding how marine mammals use the water...

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  • Collecting PAM’s things

    20th November 2017 by

    Alba na Mara

    Duration: 18-27 November 2017 Gear: Surface and subsurface PAM moorings Objectives: To retrieve a series of moorings comprising dhan buoys (eight surface marked moorings) or acoustic release systems (22 subsurface moorings) and the acoustic recording devices attached to them (30 C-POD and 10 SM2M/SM3M) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme (see...

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  • Maximising the benefits of future large scale tidal and wave energy developments

    3rd November 2017 by

    Ecowatt maps

    Marine renewable energy is an important component of the Scottish Government’s vision for the future and will help the government reach its climate change objectives. In response to this, a three-year project, EcoWatt2050, was created to investigate how we can ensure that the benefits of future large scale tidal and wave energy developments can be...

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  • Scottish Plans inspire Canada

    6th September 2017 by

    Scotland is well placed to take a global lead in the exploitation of marine renewable energy, boasting a substantial resource potential estimated at 25% of Europe’s tidal resource, 25% of its offshore wind resource and 10% of its wave potential. In order to sustainably develop the offshore marine renewable energy industry in Scottish waters, Marine...

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  • A Very Fortunate Find

    23rd December 2016 by

    Recently, as part of the East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic Study (ECOMMAS), some colleagues were out on the research vessel Alba na Mara to retrieve acoustic detectors; devices deployed and retrieved which help to build a picture of dolphin and porpoise population distribution. During the trip they searched for one particular mooring, approximately 5 km...

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  • Refining Estimates of Collision Risk for Harbour Seals and Tidal Turbines

    15th November 2016 by

    Fitted tide times

    As the offshore marine renewables industry grows, understanding the way that marine mammals, interact with these are of particular importance. This is especially true of tidal devices, and one particular concern is the risk of collision between marine wildlife and rotating turbine blades below the sea surface. This is a particular issue for harbour seals...

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  • MeyGen Inauguration Ceremony

    31st October 2016 by

    The extensive area of very strong tidal currents in the Pentland Firth between Orkney and the Scottish mainland has meant there has been a lot of interest in developing tidal stream generation in that area, and several large developments are envisaged. The most advanced is MeyGen project in the Inner Sound, between Stroma and the mainland. The projects is...

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  • Funding available for offshore renewable environmental research and monitoring

    9th August 2016 by

    As part of a €40 million grant awarded by the EU to the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC), also known as Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm Limited (AOWFL) under the European Energy Programme for Recovery (EEPR), around €3 million has been committed for the sole purpose of environmental research and monitoring. A number of organisations, including Marine Scotland Science, will...

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  • Tracking Atlantic Salmon and seatrout smolts

    15th July 2016 by

    Scientists from Marine Scotland  are working with the Beatrice Offshore Windfarm Ltd, in association with Glasgow University and local migratory fish interests, to monitor Atlantic Salmon smolt (Salmo salar) and seatrout smolt (Salmo trutta) as they migrate from the Cromarty Firth to their feeding grounds. As part of a programme, the fish are being tagged in...

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  • New method for estimating the risk of collision between harbour seals and tidal turbines

    9th June 2016 by

    As the offshore marine renewables industry grows, the way that marine mammals interact with these are of particular importance. This is especially true of tidal devices and one particular concern is the risk of collision between these animals and rotating turbine blades below the sea surface. A new report has been published, commissioned by Scottish Natural...

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