Introduce regulations for the use of underwater drones in proximity to marine and freshwater mammals
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Underwater drones (also known as ‘Unmanned Underwater Vehicles’) may be used for a wide range of purposes, such as research and monitoring, exploration, inspecting and repairing ship hulls, search and rescue, and military purposes, e.g. terminating underwater mines. This intervention involves introducing regulations for the use of underwater drones in proximity to marine and freshwater mammals, with the aim of reducing disturbance. This may involve setting minimum distances for approaching mammals, and avoiding deployment or removing drones from the water if mammals are present.