Presentation on new Boundary Pass hydrophone system


Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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Saturna Island Community Hall
Veronique Nolet from Transport Canada, and David Hannay, Chief Scientist at JASCO Applied Sciences, will provide an overview of the project. David will describe the system and will discuss how it will be deployed and cabled to shore. Questions are welcome. (This community engagement meeting has been arranged in response to complaints from residents about the disruption caused by the drilling program at Cliffside (Dec) and the lack of advance notification or information.)

Transport Canada has commissioned an advanced hydrophone system to be operated in Boundary Pass, south of Saturna Island. The system is scheduled to be installed in early spring 2020, and this includes laying of cables along the seabed to shore at a site on Cliffside Road. The hydrophones and other sensors will monitor ship noise and can detect and track whales, including southern resident killer whales, near the shipping lanes where they are at increased risk of being struck by ships and disturbed by vessel noise.