The main questions addressed by this collaborative project between Acadia University and SMRU Ltd, in relation to TISEC device testing, are: 1. What are the activity levels of key cetaceans, specifically porpoises and dolphins, in the Minas Passage turbine demonstration area during late summer/fall? 2. How does porpoise and dolphin presence/activity near the deployed NSPI (OpenHydro) turbine compare with presence/activity at a control site?
The study involved a continuous ~3 month long passive acoustic marine mammal monitoring field study (10 August 2010 – 23 November 2010) while the NSPI (OpenHydro) tidal turbine device was deployed in the Minas Passage.
This resource is also included as Appendix D in the 2009-2011 Environmental Effects Monitoring Program.