Marine Seabirds Monitoring Program: Tidal Energy Demonstration Site – Minas Passage, Year 2, 2017 – 2018 

FORCE conducted baseline surveys from 2009 to 2012 and  undertook a program of annual EEMP surveys beginning in May 2016—proposed to continue annually to  2021. This report covers the second year (May 17, 2017 to May 10, 2018). A grid‐connected instream  tidal turbine was installed in November 2016 during the first year and removed in June 2017 early in the  second year of the monitoring program.  

Monthly to semi‐monthly shore‐based surveys documented the occurrence, relative abundance, local  distribution, and annual pattern of composition and abundance of seabirds and water‐associated birds  (including gulls, alcids, loons, cormorants, ducks, sea ducks and other waterfowl and shorebirds), in  coastal waters of Minas Passage at the FORCE site. The study area included the zone designated for  deployment of tidal energy devices (the ‘Crown Lease’ area) and adjacent waters both inshore and  offshore and on Black Rock, an island at the site.

Authors: Patrick L. Stewart, Valerie J. Kendall, Fulton L. Lavender of Envirosphere Consulting Limited

This resource is also available as Appendix 4 in the 2018 Environmental Effects Monitoring Program report.