16 06 2017 Commissioned Report No. 947
Analysis of the possible displacement of bird and marine mammal species related to the installation and operation of marine energy conversion systems
Marine mammals and seabirds will continue to use the waters around operational wave and tidal renewable energy devices, finds a report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).
A major study of wildlife observations collected over ten years around wave and tidal energy test sites in Orkney has found little evidence of any long-term effects on the use of surrounding seas by the birds and marine mammals living in the area.