Environmental Effects Monitoring Program Quarterly Report: July - September 2019

This report details FORCE’s Environmental Program activities that took place between July-September 2019. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Analysis of fifteen hydroacoustic fish surveys conducted in the Minas Passage between 2011-2017 as part of FORCE’s Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP), completed by the University of Maine
  • The field component for the comparative passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) study.  This study aims to understand how well multiple PAM devices perform in comparison to each other across the range of tidal flows experienced at the FORCE site, in order to inform future acoustic monitoring of marine mammals.
  • Commissioning of JASCO Applied Sciences (Canada) Ltd. to conduct a comparative integrated analysis of acoustic data sets collected by various hydrophones mounted on and deployed around the Cape Sharp Tidal Ventures turbine at the FORCE site
  • Working collaboratively with the OERA to advance ‘The Pathway Program’ to identify effective and regulator approved monitoring solutions for the tidal energy industry in Nova Scotia
  • Continued monitoring of the Cape Sharp Tidal Venture turbine to confirm non-operational, stationary status

In addition, this report 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, and subsea instrumentation platform deployments through the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) Program. Finally, the report presents details regarding future research and monitoring efforts at the FORCE test site.