Impact of energy creation on our oceans

Published on: 6 October 2014

Research is giving us a better understanding of how human activity affects the seas and is answering questions about how exploitation of the seas can be undertaken in the most enduring and sustainable fashion.

Work at the University of Exeter, supported by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), is resolving possible conflicts between marine renewable energy infrastructure (eg, wave, wind and tidal energy machinery) and mobile marine species.

Recent work has included assessment of how subsea structures associated with the renewable energy industry may influence crabs and lobster catch rates and of the extent to which marine life is displaced by construction activity at sea.

Life on this planet depends on the seas. Our research will continue to help mitigate the conflicts between the need to reduce CO2 emissions and exploit the sea for energy, food and other resources, whilst securing the future of marine ecosystems and their respective species and habitats

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