At a glance
- DatesApril 2016 – March 2018
- SponsorNatural Environment Research Council (NERC)
- PartnersScottish Association for Marine Sciences, Aberdeen University and University of St Andrews
Ambitious plans for the large-scale deployment of wave and tidal energy are underway to meet carbon reduction targets. In this race to develop technology and sites, concerns regarding potential interactions between wave and tidal energy devices and developments and marine mammals, seabirds and fish have emerged.
This project directly addresses the challenges associated with potential marine vertebrate interactions by translating new emerging evidence and lessons learned to inform decision-making on this potentially significant risk to the development of the wave and tidal energy sector.
Through direct engagement with a community of stakeholders, incorporating device and site developers, regulators, advisory bodies, NGOs and industry associations, the embedding of this evidence in site scoping, technology design, monitoring, mitigation and consenting processes will be a practical outcome of this work.