Wave and tidal energy ‘compatible’ with Scottish wildlife

A real-sea testing study has concluded that marine energy technologies have limited effects on animal species

Data on two marine energy test sites in Scotland has been analysed and published by SNH. Photograph: Mike Brookes-RoperMarine mammal and seabird numbers will return to normal and use waters containing wave and tidal energy turbines, a first-of-a-kind observation study has found.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) published its findings on 13 June following analysis of tidal data spanning ten years and wave data spanning six years at two test sites run by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) based in the Orkney Islands.

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