Modeling the Probability of Overlap Between Marine Fish Distributions and Marine Renewable Energy Infrastructure Using Acoustic Telemetry Data

The first peer reviewed published research to come out of the RAP project is now publicly available and is an important milestone for the project by demonstrating the potential utility of species distribution modelling of acoustic tag detections in predicting interactions with renewable energy devices. The report also shows the importance of physical oceanographic variables in influencing species distribution in a highly dynamic marine environment. The results of the study suggest that during fall (October-December) striped bass in Minas Passage are more likely to be associated with warmer water temperatures, very simple or very complex seafloor types and turbulent water conditions that are associated with ebbing tides. When mapped out, higher probabilities of striped bass presence occurred mostly in nearshore environments and were most widespread during the late ebb tide stage.