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Improved understanding of underwater collision risks of marine renewable energy devices for birds while diving (MMO1180) - ME6029

Description
This review will ensure any future deployments of wave and tidal energy devices are assessed in relation to the best possible evidence. It will also guide future studies by identifying key evidence needs and, potentially inform EIA methodologies by providing a clearer indication of what is practical given the limitations imposed by the available data.
Objective
The aim of this project is to (1) provide a better understanding of the factors which are likely to influence marine bird collision risk in relation to tidal turbines, (2) highlight key knowledge gaps in relation to those factors and (3) identify potential approaches to filling these gaps. This will be achieved by:

- Undertaking a systematic review of new academic and industry data and literature on UK marine bird diving behaviour.
- Collating data on key parameters for relevant species and dive data as defined in Scottish Natural Heritage (2016) ‘Assessing collision risk between underwater turbines and marine wildlife’. SNH guidance note.
- Synthesising and integrating new information with the most recent assessment (Robbins, 2017).
- Highlighting how existing data relate to the requirements of available underwater collision risk models.
- Identifying key knowledge gaps remaining and proposing cost effective next steps to addressing the gaps.

This report also has a Marine Management Organisation number of MMO1180.

Reference:
MBIEG (2019). Improved understanding of underwater collision risks of marine renewable energy devices for birds while diving. A report produced by British Trust for Ornithology for the Marine Management Organisation on behalf of the Marine Biodiversity Impacts Evidence Group, MMO Project No: 1180, May 2019, 50pp
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Improved understanding of underwater collision risks of marine renewable energy devices for birds while diving (MMO1180 / ME6029)   (1766k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2018

To: 2019

Cost: £24,294
Contractor / Funded Organisations
C E F A S (CEFAS)
Keywords
Marine Life              
Wildlife