Check out today’s The Global and Mail article “Experts warn expansion of Trans Mountain pipeline poses threat to whales”

“Marine experts in both Canada and the U.S. are raising concerns about the impact of underwater noise on endangered killer whales and other mammals on a shipping route that will become increasingly busy if the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project proceeds.” (Read more here)

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Workshop on vessels and noise at Sgaan Kinghlas – Bowie (SK-B) Seamount MPA

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

February project meeting

On February 18th, 2015, the third project meeting took place at JASCO offices, in Vancouver Island Technology Park. This meeting was well attended, including members travelling from abroad, including Ron Pelot from Dalhousie University, Steve Insley from Whitehorse, and Rob Williams from Seattle.

During this meeting we had the opportunity to meet Ainsley Allen who is looking to start a PhD at UVic, and currently collaborating in this project at JASCO.

(To download a copy of the minutes go to Internal Documents tab).

November project meeting

This meeting took place November 27th, 2014, using Adobe Connect. A number of project members participated in this meeting, mostly members related with processing hydrophone information and modelling shipping traffic

(To download a copy of the minutes go to Internal Documents tab).