Tidal energy holds enormous potential to reduce emissions and meet climate change targets. Exploring its potential responsibly requires a clear assessment of any potential risks tidal energy devices may pose to marine life, particularly fish. A risk assessment can help inform regulatory directions around monitoring, mitigation, offsets and/or other strategies. The Risk Assessment Program (RAP) for tidal stream energy is designed to create a detailed, credible assessment tool to guage the probability that fish will encounter a tidal device.
RAP’s goal is a clearer understanding by regulators, rights holders, community stakeholders, and technology developers of any potential risks to marine life in advance of turbine deployment and monitoring. Long-term, direct turbine monitoring remains critical to measuring any potential environmental effects.
Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)
Marine Renewables Canada (MRC)
Mi’kmaw Conservation Group (MCG), Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq
Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), Dalhousie University