[MARMAM] SMM workshop - Marine Mammals in a Renewable Age

Nicola Quick njq at smru.co.uk
Thu Aug 6 09:10:04 PDT 2009

This is the first announcement for the full day workshop Marine Mammals
in a Renewable Age on 11 October 2009 during the SMM Biennial Conference
on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Quebec, Canada.  

Marine Mammals in a Renewable Age

Potential Conflicts between Marine Mammals and Wave and Tidal

Monitoring, Mitigation, Best Practice and Future Research 

Full day workshop, as part of the 
18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals 
Quebec, Canada 
11 October 2009 

The installation of tidal stream and wave energy converters in coastal
waters has the potential to present a range of impacts on marine mammals
and understanding these interactions is critical. It is therefore
important that the marine mammal science community discuss these issues
at an early stage to help establish guidelines and best practice, so
appropriate monitoring and mitigation techniques can be implemented. The
main focus of this symposium will be the potential conflicts between
marine mammals and wave and tidal developments and aims to bring
together all scientists working on these issues to discuss experiences,
methodologies and data. 

If you would like to submit a presentation please send an electronic
copy of your abstract (150 words max), by August 24th to info at smru.co.uk
with the subject line SMM workshop. 

The format of the workshop will be four sessions, each including short
presentations followed by discussion. For each session, we invite
presentations on current work regarding wave and tidal developments. We
encourage participation in the discussions by all attendees.

The number of presentations will be limited and should relate to one of
the four main sessions listed below: 


1. Overview of devices, the main stressors for wave and tidal
developments and assessing significance levels - Current Technologies,
Regulator Requirements, Main stressors


2. Current research, techniques and methodologies for monitoring of
marine mammals around wave and tidal devices - Operational devices,
Methodologies currently in use in the field, Tagging, PAM, Sonar,
Visual, BACI and gradiated designs


3. Mitigation for devices - Current mitigation strategies, Collision
risk, Habitat displacement, Noise effects


4. Final discussion, gap analysis and identification of key future
research questions - Main data gaps, Future research questions

To register for this workshop, please go to the society web site at: 


The workshop will take place on Sunday, 11 October 2009 from 8:30-5:00
PM in room 206b.
There are limited places for the workshop and there will be a small
registration fee of $15.00US which will include lunch and refreshments.


We look forward to seeing you there




SMRU Limited, Scottish Oceans Institute

University of St Andrews

North Haugh

St Andrews

Fife  KY16 9SR



info at smru.co.uk


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