Planning and development – guidance

Perform a marine seismic or geophysical survey

How to notify the Marine Management Organisation that you are carrying out a seismic or geophysical survey.

You may be at risk of committing an offence if sound from your seismic or geophysical survey disturbs a protected species. Disturbance or injury to marine protected species can occur through man-made sound. This may occur when a wind farm is being constructed.

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) suggests you assess your activity to understand the risk of committing an offence on a protected species. MMO developed a voluntary notification form to gather information and receive feedback about proposed surveys. You should submit the form to MMO at least 28 days before a survey begins.

Developers using the Marine Noise Registry to provide information on seismic surveys do not need to complete the voluntary form to notify the MMO.

Voluntary notification of intent to carry out geophysical surveys form

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Further information

‘The protection of marine European protected species from injury and disturbance’ from the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Natural England and Natural Resources Wales

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has an established PON14 process for seismic and geophysical survey applications for oil and gas activities.

Contact information

Marine Conservation and Enforcement Team

0191 376 2677

conservation@marinemanagement.org.uk