A key concern expressed by policy makers, regulators and environmental stakeholders about deployment of marine energy devices in open waters, relates to the possibility of the negative effects they may have on marine mammals and diving birds. The potential for direct collision with such devices, or harmful effects caused by their presence, including the potential for displacement of marine wildlife from habitual waters, are key factors which need to be addressed in order for the marine renewable energy industry to progress. In order to get as accurate a picture as possible about the presence and behaviour of marine wildlife in the vicinity of operating devices, data needs to be collected both underwater and at the sea surface. Wildlife observation data is collected by EMEC at the Billia Croo test site. The data has been made available by Marine Scotland and covers the years 2009 - present.
Data and Resources
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2009-2010
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2010-2011
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2011-2012
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2012-2013
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2013-2014
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2014-2015
Billia Croo Wildlife Observation Data 2015-2016
- Billia Croo visual monitoring scheme: bird dataxls
File contains bird data from the Billia Croo visual monitoring scheme, 2009-...
- Billia Croo visual monitoring scheme: marine mammal dataxls
File contains marine mammal data from the Billia Croo monitoring scheme,...
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UK Open Government Licence (OGL)
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The Billia Croo Wildlife Observation data has been made available as Access databases. The database will be replaced every month as the data is made available. It should be noted that this is the raw data as submitted by the EMEC wildlife observers and, while a basic sense check has been undertaken, the data has not been subjected to any detailed QC, data cleansing, or pre-processing. The collection of wildlife observation data at Billia Croo is currently funded by the Scottish Government until 31 March 2015. Full details about the data collection methods can be found in the Land based Visual Observations Data collection protocols: Billia Croo Wave Site document.
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Marine Scotland Science
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