Since 2009, FORCE has been conducting an environmental effects monitoring program (EEMP) to better understand the natural environment of the Minas Passage and the potential effects of turbines as related to fish, seabirds, marine mammals, lobster, marine noise, benthic habitat, and other environmental variables. All reports are available online.
FORCE’s present EEMP was developed in consultation with SLR Consulting (Canada), and strengthened by review and contributions by national and international experts and scientists, provincial and federal regulators, and FORCE’s environmental monitoring advisory committee (EMAC). The EEMP is designed to:
- monitor the environmental effects of operating turbines;
- focus on five subject areas: lobsters, fish, marine mammals, seabirds, and marine noise; and
- be adaptive, based on monitoring results and input from regulators and EMAC.