Seabird knowledge platform celebrates profitable first six months supporting power trade

THE Offshore Hen Portal (OBP) has recorded 51 platforms signing up since its launch in January by world power consultancy Xodus. 

The not-for-profit portal goals to help the recording and safeguarding of offshore species throughout the North Sea, the place it has expanded its attain previously six months. 

The portal grants entry to its database and toolkit, which was established to make sure a greater scientific understanding and lift ecological consciousness throughout the power trade  

Oil and gasoline operators from throughout the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) have signed as much as OBP to entry related geographic and seasonal knowledge of seabirds and migrants (passerines) gathered long-term on offshore platforms and constructions. 

The OBP has expanded its attain throughout the North Sea’s power sector with curiosity from offshore wind builders and seafarers.

A workforce of ecologists at Xodus work to keep up the portal, deal with knowledge submissions and supply a chicken identification service to assist offshore personnel with difficult species observations.   

Dr MacNeill Ferguson, Ecological Specialist at Xodus says: “We’re happy with the response to the portal in its first few months of operation.  

“With greater than 50 platforms signed as much as contribute chicken sighting knowledge to the broader power group, curiosity within the OBP has expanded to sectors past oil and gasoline. 

“These industries share frequent objectives in higher understanding the distribution of birds at sea.

“The ability to report different sea life similar to marine mammals, bats and bugs as properly has additionally proved of curiosity to our contributors. 

“The better the unfold of contributions and knowledge factors we’ve got, the extra informative the dataset will turn out to be.”

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