In March 2019, Marine Scotland held its 2nd ScotMER symposium, this time focussing on Scotland’s marine mammals. The symposium showcased recent research and new methods being developed to understand the potential interactions between marine mammals and renewable energy developments, and covered topics such as noise, strategic monitoring, collision risk, and modelling population level consequences of disturbance.
Mr Wheelhouse, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, opened the conference on day 2 with a speech highlighting current and future opportunities for marine renewables in Scotland and the importance research to facilitate the sustainable development of this industry. Attendees at the symposium included industry, academia, nature conservation organisations, and advisory bodies.
You can find some of the presentations below.