WGMRE's remit includes correlating the science from topic-based groups such as those on seabirds, benthic ecology, fish ecology and its application in planning, consenting and regulatory processes in relation to tidal (both in-stream and barrage), wave and offshore wind energy.
The group builds on the activities of the Study Group on Wave and Tidal Energy through collaboration with other working groups. WGMRE aims to optimize the service ICES provides for applied scientific knowledge relating to management of this increasingly important and rapidly developing set of activities.
The group provides summary information on the state of development of marine renewable energy, and identifies future issues that will require environmental assessment. The group reports on the development of consenting procedures to address issues and on the development of assessment methods (including cumulative effects, in-combination effects of different activities and risk based approaches). The group also fosters collaborative working across specialist scientific disciplines, and improves understanding across human activities, for example interactions with fishing. It will plan and hold Workshops for ICES Expert Group members based on regulatory and planning needs in relation to marine renewable energy.
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