Marine Renewable Energy - Current research and evidence gaps on impact on Marine Mammals

The impacts of marine renewable energy (MRE) developments such as offshore wind and tidal energy are potentially of conservation concern for marine mammal populations. Research on impacts, monitoring and mitigation is being undertaken across various EU countries, but often information on current work is not easily shared and risks duplication of effort.

This workshop seeks to gather together researchers, regulators, developers and nature conservation agencies from around Europe to discuss the research work that is ongoing and planned in each country. This will include long-term strategic programmes of work, sectoral studies and renewable  development site specific research. The workshop agenda will include case studies on current and developing research, an item exploring how countries are aligning their strategic and industry funded research and monitoring, whether more cross sectoral projects would be useful and a discussion on current evidence gaps.

These discussions will allow the workshop participants to share their current and planned work, explore whether work is being duplicated and identify potential cross-border and cross sector collaborations that could take place to gain as much data and knowledge as possible from the work being undertaken. The workshop will identify a list of current research and evidence gaps to be shared publicly via workshop proceedings, which will then be a useful resource to help identify where to target future work.

It will also be a useful forum for the sharing of ideas and building a network of regulators, conservation advisors and researchers working on similar issues across the MRE sector.


To share knowledge on current and developing research and evidence gaps on the impacts of marine renewable energy development on marine mammals across Europe.

Anticipated outcome

A shared understanding of current research and latest understanding of impacts of marine renewable energy. The workshop will be an opportunity for those working on impacts of marine renewables to share their research, discuss new and emerging technologies and methods, and identify opportunities
for cross-European collaboration.

The workshop will identify a list of current research and evidence gaps to be shared publicly via workshop proceedings. This could then be used to help target future work and encourage options for collaboration both with other countries and cross sector.


Rebecca Walker

Location and Time

NH Hotel, via XX Settembre 2, 19124 La Spezia


Workshop will start 9AM and end 5 PM