The SEACAMS2 team can offer extensive expert advice on animal movement and energy use, specifically relating to marine mammals and seabirds. The placement of tidal energy devices in high energy marine areas also favoured by feeding seals, porpoise and diving seabirds, which holds implications for potential collision or disturbance risks to these animals.
Investigating the fine-scale movement and foraging behaviour of diving seabirds could provide insight into best location for placement of tidal energy instalments.
Seal movement can be assessed using tracking devices to monitor and reproduce 3D movements, behaviour and energy expenditure in areas of proposed MRE devices. This information could help improve understanding of interactions between grey seals and tidal energy devices in comparison to general movement and behaviour in areas of high tidal energy.