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Animal-borne telemetry tags

The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) in St Andrews designs, builds and supplies instrumentation and software essential for marine mammal tracking.

The impact of this research includes:

  • Direct economic benefit arising from the production of around 400 telemetry tags per year, employing 8 highly skilled staff with turnover of £5.6 million since 2008.
  • Companies in UK and USA supplying tag components have received over £2 million since 2008.
  • Tags on monk seals and steller sea lions have enabled conservation of these endangered species whilst minimising economic hardship to fishermen.
  • Tags on elephant seals in the southern oceans have improved global ocean circulation models significantly, leading to better weather forecasting and consequent economic benefits to shipping, oil and gas companies.

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