Understanding the potential effects of wave energy devices on kelp biotopes

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Title: Understanding the potential effects of wave energy devices on kelp biotopes
Publication Date:
January 01, 2014
Publisher: Scottish Natural Heritage
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Macleod, A.; Orr, K.; Greenhill, L.; Burrows, M. (2014). Understanding the potential effects of wave energy devices on kelp biotopes. pp.
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Background:

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has identified a research need to improve understanding of the changes to kelp habitats as a result of the development of wave energy projects around Scotland. Notable development is planned in The Crown Estate’s current leasing round with further zones being identified by Scottish Government in the latest draft plan options for the sector. Some of these developments have the potential to occur within the subtidal zone, where kelp habitats are prevalent. Activities associated with wave projects such as installation, operation, maintenance and decommissioning may impact kelp communities in a number of ways, including kelp removal to permit installation of devices and associated infrastructure (cables and pipelines).

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