Swedish Scientists Study OWF Impact on Marine Wildlife

first_imgLena Bergström, a researcher in marine and coastal ecology, has published a study called Effects of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife—a generalized impact assessment, together with her colleagues from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.Overview of main pressures from OWF during the operational phase. Expected effect on the local abundance of marine organisms is indicated as (+) aggregation/increase, (−) avoidance/decrease.The abstract of the study reads: “The present study synthesizes the current state of understanding on the effects of offshore wind farms on marine wildlife, in order to identify general versus local conclusions in published studies.“The results were translated into a generalized impact assessment for coastal waters in Sweden, which covers a range of salinity conditions from marine to nearly fresh waters. Hence, the conclusions are potentially applicable to marine planning situations in various aquatic ecosystems.”The authors have also noted that the knowledge in the environmental effects of offshore wind farms has grown and accumulated rapidly, along with the fast development of the industry itself.They concluded that the construction phase “was consistently associated with negative impact”. However, the operational phase of offshore wind farms can affect  the marine wildlife both negatively and positively. This depends on local environmental conditions as well as prevailing management targets, according to the study.Noise disruption during the operational phase is still a large issue.“Many potential negative effects of OWFs can be reduced within the planning process, by avoiding important recruitment habitats and by timing construction activities outside of important breeding seasons,” the researchers said.The availability of reliable seafloor and habitat maps, along with information on population connectivity is fundamental for the sustainable development of offshore wind farms, they stressed in the conclusion.Offshore WIND staff, May 05, 2014last_img read more

MOTORING: DIVERS HYUNDAI SETS CANAL ROAD ALIGHT!

first_imgThe brand new forecourt of Diver’s Hyundai in Letterkenny.After a number of hectic weeks at Divers Hyundai on Canal Road, which saw the complete refurbishment of the exterior of the premises by Bonner Engineering as well as the refit of the interior by Divers/Hyundai, motorists and pedestrians have been treated to a flavour of real Christmas cheer. The full order of the all new Tucson for January delivery bordered the entire premises with their LED lights switched on celebrating the end of works at the renowned establishment.Over the past few years the ‘Hyundai’ switch-on at Divers has become an annual event. Terence Diver he said that he had been inundated with calls and messages from customers asking if they would be lighting up the sold line up this year so the push was really on to get everything finished on time, and they just made it.The chilly evening sky was set alight by the all new Tucson and this was complimented by the number plates having the surnames of all the purchasers of this new model.Divers have been getting phone calls, text messages all evening from customers old and new and from many of their competitors commenting on the new look premises and the Tucson Christmas cheer.Some customers have already visited the premises and have taken photos of their new 161 new vehicles and have been posting them on their face book pages. The new Tucson has broke all records so much so that they have doubled their January order book from last year.It certainly looks that we’ve seen the worst of the recession and here’s hoping that ‘Ireland’s Tidiest Town’, Letterkenny and indeed the entire county can look forward with confidence to a new era for all businesses in 2016.The management and staff at Diver’s takes this opportunity to thank all customers, old and new for their continued support.We wish each and every one of you a Happy Christmas, New Year and the best in Hyundai motoring for 2016.MOTORING: DIVERS HYUNDAI SETS CANAL ROAD ALIGHT! was last modified: December 23rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DiversHyundailetterkennylast_img read more