Final Report for DECC, Scottish Government, COWRIE, and Oil & Gas UK.
Uncertainty over the distribution of cetaceans and their responses to underwater noise has led to concerns over the potential impact of oil and gas exploration in some UK waters, particularly in the vicinity of the Moray Firth Special Area of Conservation (SAC). In May 2009, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), with co-funding from the Scottish Government, Collaborative Offshore Wind Research Into the Environment (COWRIE) and Oil & Gas UK, contracted the University of Aberdeen to study the potential impact of oil and gas operations on cetaceans in the Moray Firth.
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