Vessel Slowdown Trial in Haro Strait

Discussion in 'General Open Forum' started by agentaqua, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  2. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  3. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  4. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  5. Tsquared

    Tsquared Well-Known Member

    I know one of the scientists at the Ocean Centre in N. Saanich who is involved in this study. I'll try and contact him to see if he has any updated data or background info to share.
    agentaqua likes this.
  6. Tugcapitan

    Tugcapitan Well-Known Member

    You know what bugs me about this one?
    The US Navy has been listening and recording VERY carefully for decades!!! The Canadian Navy listens to some degree as well. Has the government really exhausted every avenue to gain some of this information from the Navy or our southern Neighbours? What a waste of resources to spend time and money on hardware to collect information that is almost certainly being recorded already.
  7. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    agreed, TC - except the Navy recordings are likely classified and unavailable due to "National security concerns" - or other such rubbish..
  8. Tugcapitan

    Tugcapitan Well-Known Member

    Agreed. It’s just that to me, even if we dedicated two public servants for a whole year to negotiate and work on some sort of collaboration with the US and Canadian navies to sort out and separate the info they need from that which is “classified”, it would still cost a mere fraction of the 7.2 million they are now going to spend.
    At last week’s vessel slow down wrap up meeting (the trial run in Haro Strait is over) all of the parties involved agreed that lack of food is the major problem facing our resident Orcas. Yes we need to work on vessel noise (whale watching will no longer be lumped on the conservation side) perhaps by slowing things down, but for crying out loud we need to feed the whales by bringing Chinook salmon back! Everyone involved agrees!!!
    So now we’re going to spend another 7.2 million listenening to them?? What??!?! Why?
    What a waste. I’m sure 7.2 million wouldn’t go that far rehabilitating rivers and spawning grounds but it sure would help. Too bad fancy new electronics are so much sexier than muddy boots on the ground actually accomplishing something.
    bigdogeh and agentaqua like this.
  9. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    Listening to the Deep Ocean
    "It's a region where we have naval operations," says Robert Winokur, a Navy oceanographer. "It's [also] a region where the Canadian Navy has naval operations."

    He says allowing the general public to listen to that part of the ocean poses a threat to national security because someone — he won't say who — might use that information to target Navy vessels.
  10. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  11. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    Listening station to study impact of ship noise on whales
    September 15, 2015 Vancouver, B.C.: The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), with support from the University of Victoria’s Ocean Networks Canada and JASCO Applied Sciences, has deployed a hydrophone listening station that will monitor underwater vessel noise in the Strait of Georgia. Underwater noise has been identified as a key threat to at-risk whales.
  12. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    Moore, K. A. (2016). Evidence-informed conservation policies: Mitigating vessel noise within gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) foraging habitat in British Columbia, Canada [graduate project]. Halifax, NS: Dalhousie University.

    Anthropogenic noise is increasing within our oceans from growing human use. This rise in the ambient soundscape of the marine environment is increasing pressure on the life processes and health of marine animals. Cetaceans rely on the use sound for their life processes, and are thereby particularly susceptible to anthropogenic noise, like that from boats and other vessels.

    Whale watching vessels are directly exposing whales to their noise output. The current literature postulates that baleen whales are less susceptible to smaller vessels, like whale watching boats, as smaller boats emit high frequency sound, presumed out of the range of baleen whale low frequency communication. This interaction is analyzed within the foraging habitat of the eastern Pacific gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia using passive acoustic monitoring. Noise disturbance from whale watching vessels is investigated using acoustics to analyze the contribution of vessel noise to the background sound levels of gray whale foraging habitat, and the differences in gray whale vocalizations in the presence of vessel noise.

    Evidence of acoustic disturbance is coupled with an analysis of the current policy regime and characterization of the Tofino whale watching fleet whale encounters to recommend future management and policy adoption to minimize cumulative impacts of vessel noise on gray whales. The enablers and barriers to evidence use within policy and management are identified to ease amendments to the current strategies for effective whale conservation in BC. This evidence-use approach supports strengthening acoustic protection of cetaceans, which assists in safeguarding the local tourism activities of whale watching.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2017
  13. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  14. banger17

    banger17 Well-Known Member

    Not sure where you get the time or info, Agent?!

    Good on ya for finding such, and spending time on such.

    I have to admit though, I get turned off from reading threads when instead of individual opinions and knowledge sharing - it's frequently becoming you sharing your lit search and links of research all over the forum
  15. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

    Ocean Noise and Marine Mammals
    author(s): Committee on Potential Impacts of Ambient Noise in the Ocean on Marine Mammals, National Research Council

    Marine Mammals and Noise
    author(s) W. John Richardson, Charles R. Greene, Jr., Charles I. Malme and Denis H. Thomson (Auth.)

    Christine Erbe

    Implications for marine mammals of large-scale changes in the marine acoustic environment
    Tyack, Peter L.

    Behavioural responses of killer whales (Orcinus orca) to whale-watching boats: opportunistic observations and experimental approaches
    Rob Williams; Andrew W. Trites; David E. Bain

    A digital acoustic recording tag for measuring the response of wild marine mammals to sound
    Johnson, M.P.; Tyack, P.L.

    Din among the orcas: Are whale watchers making too much noise?
    Susan Milius


    A New Context-Based Approach to Assess Marine Mammal Behavioral Responses to Anthropogenic Sounds

    Vocal traditions among resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in coastal waters of British Columbia
    Ford, John K. B.

    Acoustic behaviour of resident killer whales ( Orcinus orca ) off Vancouver Island, British Columbia
    Ford, John K. B.

    Marine Mammals || Sound Production for Communication, Echolocation, and Prey Capture
    Berta, Annalisa

    Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals || Communication in Marine Mammals
    Dudzinski, Kathleen M.

    The relationship between the acoustic behaviour and surface activity of killer whales (Orcinus orca ) that feed on herring (Clupea harengus)
    Malene Simon; Peter K. McGregor; Fernando Ugarte

    "Orcinus" and "Oncorhynchus": Will Saving Puget Sound Orcas and Salmon Save an Ecosystem?
    Linda R. Larson and Jessica Ferrell

    Fear and loathing in the San Juan Islands: endangered orcas and the legitimacy of environmental law
    Herbert, Steve

    Conflict of interest in research on anthropogenic noise and marine mammals: Does funding bias conclusions?
    Lucie Wade; Hal Whitehead; Linda Weilgart

    Ocean acoustics research figures in debate about protecting marine mammals
    Showstack, Randy

    A method for modeling marine mammal movement and behavior for environmental impact assessment
    Houser, D.S.

    Seasonal movements and foraging behaviour of resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) in relation to the inshore distribution of salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.) in British Columbia

    Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics [Acoustical Society of America ECUA 2012 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics - Edinburgh, Scotland (2 - 6 July 2012)] - Measurement of radiated ship noise
    Wang, Lian S.; Robinson, Stephen P.; Theobald, Pete; Lepper, Paul A.; Hayman, Gary; Humphrey, Victor F.

    Sonar and Underwater Acoustics (Marage/Sonar and Underwater Acoustics) || Sound Propagation in the Marine Environment
    Marage, Jean-Paul; Mori, Yvon

    Sonar and Underwater Acoustics (Marage/Sonar and Underwater Acoustics) || The Marine Environment
    Marage, Jean-Paul; Mori, Yvon

    Sonar and Underwater Acoustics (Marage/Sonar and Underwater Acoustics) || Sound Propagation in the Marine Environment
    Marage, Jean-Paul; Mori, Yvon

    [ACM Press the International Conference - Rome, Italy (2014.11.12-2014.11.14)] Proceedings of the International Conference on Underwater Networks %Systems - WUWNET '14 - Spectral Density Estimation of Ship-generated Underwater Acoustic Noise
    Pescosolido, Loreto; Petrioli, Chiara; Picari, Luigi; Alves, João

    Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics [Acoustical Society of America ECUA 2012 11th European Conference on Underwater Acoustics - Edinburgh, Scotland (2 - 6 July 2012)] - Applying automatic aural classification to cetacean vocalizations
    Binder, Carolyn M.; Hines, Paul
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2017
    marbledmurrelet likes this.
  16. Last Chance

    Last Chance Admin Staff Member

    Great, another potential restriction coming from a knee jerk reaction based on next to zero evidence. How about more strategies to feed the damn things? Ships and boats in the Gulf of Georgia are nothing new. This was not a problem with abundant fish stocks.
  17. Tugcapitan

    Tugcapitan Well-Known Member

    Amen brother!
  18. Derby

    Derby Well-Known Member

    there will be pain coming our way and quickly with this... :(
  19. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

  20. agentaqua

    agentaqua Well-Known Member

Share This Page