Understanding of The Impacts of Anthropogenic Activity on Sensitive Marine Species in Coastal Waters
Understanding the Impacts of Anthropogenic Activity
Project Title: Understanding of the impacts of anthropogenic activity on sensitive marine species in coastal waters
Researcher: Dr Michelle Cronin
T: 021 4864360
Funding Body : SFI MaREI
Period: May 2015-May 2018
The objective of this project is to conduct visual and acoustic monitoring of marine mammals in a coastal environment, building on an existing time-series of data, to understand the impact of anthropogenic activity on sensitive marine species. A marine mammal monitoring programme in Broadhaven Bay, Co. Mayo was established in 2002 as part of the Corrib gas field development. The implementation of dedicated pre, during and post-construction monitoring helps to determine whether construction work has a negative effect on the local marine mammal fauna. The work to date has established Broadhaven Bay as an important marine mammal habitat. Research efforts were mainly focused on the construction phase. Continuation of monitoring effort post construction will help identify construction related impacts and potential recovery of the system. Such information will inform the design of future monitoring and mitigation efforts. A volunteering/training programme will be implemented to support the core research team.