A key concern expressed by policy makers, regulators and environmental stakeholders about the 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 Fall of Warness test site. The data have been made available by Marine Scotland and covers the years 2005 - present.
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The Fall of Warness Wildlife Observation data has been made available as a series of Excel spreadsheets. A new version is provided 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 Fall of Warness is currently funded by the Scottish Government until 31 March 2015. Full details about the data collection methods can be found in the methodology developed by the Seal Mammal Research Unit for the Fall of Warness site.
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Marine Scotland Science
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