During the first week of March (2nd and 3rd), a workshop is going to take place in Vancouver to discuss vessel traffic patterns and potential noise impacts at Sgaan Kinghlas – Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. This is one of the case studies for the project, and the first one to receive the attention. This workshop is sponsored by DFO, and it will have representatives from the Council of the Haida Nation, fishers, ENGOs, Transport Canada and other relevant stakeholders.
The focus of the meeting will be:
- Shipping patterns in and around the MPA acquired from AIS
- Preliminary insights from the seamount hydrophone data
- Draft literature review on how other MPAs are monitoring, assessing and managing noise