Top predators are known to forage in tidal stream sites. High flow speeds, upwelling or shear may enhance prey availability and foraging efficiency. We need to measure the distribution of animals to understand potential animal interactions with tidal stream energy developments.
Our studies have focused on the MeyGen tidal energy site in the Pentland Firth, UK. The FLOWBEC seabed platform was deployed in 2015 to collect baseline measurements on hydrodynamics (ADCP & ADV), prey and turbulence (EK60) and predator-prey interactions (multibeam sonar).