Marine Energy Research Symposium March 2020

Conference highlighting current and future opportunities for marine renewable energy in Scotland.

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The 3rd ScotMER symposium took place in March 2020, and focused on research and monitoring around offshore wind developments on the east coast of Scotland. The symposium was opened by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Energy, Connectivity and The Islands. He spoke on the importance of monitoring and the need for further research in the industry. Attendees at the symposium included industry, academia, nature conservation organisations, regulators, and advisory bodies.

A wide range of topics were presented and discussed, including monitoring work conducted by current offshore wind developers on the East Coast of Scotland and developing guidance that could affect the focus of this work. The symposium also provided a platform for environmental NGOs, the fishing industry, advisory bodies and regulatory bodies to present on future challenges for the industry and socioeconomic and environmental research.

Fisheries coexistence pilot at Hywind

Moray Firth Development

EOWDC environmental research programme

DT Bird at Kincardine

Difficulties of operating a large demo turbine at ORE Catapult Methil

Forth and Tay projects

Consultation on draft offshore renewables decommissioning guidance

Developing guidance: socio-economic impacts

Renewable energy: a fishermen’s point of view

RSPB: offshore wind - monitoring at scale

Seabirds: improving knowledge on potential impacts of marine renewable energy

Marine mammal monitoring

Enabling development: natural heritage considerations

Licensing and consenting: Marine Scotland Licensing Operations Team

ScotMER: a perspective from MSS

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