Data related to marine planning activities or providing data and information to assist planning processes.
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wildlife observation data has been collected from the marine renewable test sites at Billia Croo and Fall of Warness in Orkney.
In 2014, the Scottish Government commissioned Land Use Consultants to undertake a study to fill data gaps on marine recreation and tourism activity in Scotland and to provide baseline information for marine planning.
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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.
Wildlife observations, using methodologies developed by EMEC with input from SMRU, based on the methodology developed for the Fall of Warness tidal test site (Scapa Flow Methodology; Shapinsay Sound methodology), commenced at these sites in June 2