2018 Environmental Monitoring Report

FORCE’s 2018 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report is now available online. The report contains operational summaries of research and monitoring activities that took place at the FORCE site in 2018 as well as initial results from third-parties, including the NEXUS Coastal Resources, Sea Mammal Research Unit Consulting (Canada), Envirosphere Consultants, and JASCO Applied Sciences.

This report builds on data collected in previous years at the FORCE site. Since the commencement of FORCE’s latest monitoring programs in 2016, FORCE has completed approximately:

  • 408 hours of hydroacoustic fish surveys;
  • more than 2,600 ‘C-POD’ days;
  • bi-weekly shoreline observations;
  • 42 observational seabird surveys;
  • four drifting marine sound surveys and additional bottom-mounted instrument sound data collection; and
  • 11 days of lobster surveys.

Results from the lobster, marine mammal, sound, and seabird programs have undergone review by FORCE’s environmental monitoring advisory committee (EMAC) and are included as appendices to this report.

The monitoring work supports FORCE’s ongoing mandate to collect and share data on with regulators, industry, the scientific community, and the public to better understand if in-stream tidal energy can play a safe, viable role in Nova Scotia’s long-term energy mix. Overseen by Dr. Dan Hasselman, Science Director for FORCE, monitoring work continues to be a central focus of FORCE and its research partners.

The report also provides an update on the status of the OpenHydro turbine deployed by Cape Sharp Tidal Venture at the FORCE site in 2018.

The 2018 Annual Environmental Monitoring Report is available online at www.fundyforce.ca/environment/monitoring