Environmental Effects Monitoring Program Quarterly Report January-March 2022

This report provides a summary of monitoring activities and data analyses completed at the FORCE site up to the end of the first quarter of 2022. In addition, it also highlights findings from international research efforts, previous data collection periods at the FORCE site, and additional research work that is being conducted by FORCE and its partners. This includes supporting fish tagging efforts with Acadia University and the Ocean Tracking Network, radar research projects, subsea instrumentation platform deployments through the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Program, and a new research and development program called the VITALITY Innovation Ecosystem Activity Project. Finally, the report presents details regarding future research and monitoring efforts at the FORCE test site. 

Key updates in this report include:

- FORCE has begun early-stage work with Strum Consulting to test radar-based seabird monitoring capabilities and to adapt existing data processing algorithms and statistical analysis tools for quantifying seabird use of the FORCE site. Preliminary results are expected this summer.

- FORCE continues its work on the Risk Assessment Program (RAP) for tidal stream energy by deploying two Nortek Signature 500 autonomous ADCP’s in the tidal demonstration area on January 27th. The ADCP data will be combined with data from a high-resolution radar network to create the first spatiotemporal flow atlas of the Minas Passage. The acoustic receiver array used to detect tagged fish was not redeployed due to extensive damage taken after multiple deployments in the Minas Passage. This time was instead used to reassess the positioning of acoustic receivers on the moorings/SUBs packages and to develop a more streamlined design. The array will be redeployed this spring.