Lunge feeding humpback whales

Humpback whale calls light up the airwaves

On Saturday night, the 5th November, people listening to the live streaming hydrophone deployed off Lime Kiln Point State Park were surprised and thrilled to hear the calls of a humpback drift out over the airwaves. But as I write this post I find myself listening to humpback calls again, this time live -perhaps it is the same whale as last night, perhaps a different one.

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Photograph by Bill Curtsinger

SMRU Canada wins FORCE

 

SMRU Consulting Canada and FORCE (The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) continue to work together on the potential effects of tidal turbines in the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. FORCE is Canada’s leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy, and acts as a host to technology developers, and oversees the independently reviewed environmental monitoring program in the Minas Passage.

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Friday night whale party in the Salish Sea!

On Friday night it sounded like the Southern Resident killer whales were having a party in Haro Strait.

Our live hydrophones at Lime Kiln Point State Park drew listeners from around the world as Southern Resident killer whales hung out off the Lighthouse. We listened long after dark as the whales continued to call and echolocate.

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A whale sized recovery for the humpback whale

This week we saw some really uplifting news in the whale world. The US government announced that they were removing almost all of the world’s humpback whale populations from the endangered species list. To be precise NOAA Fisheries stated in a press release on September 6th that humpback whales in 9 of 14 newly identified distinct populations have recovered enough that they don’t warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act.

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Watching polar bears watching you

A new study is published on polar bear behaviour near ice breaker operations.

Today is Arctic Sea Ice Day. When we think of the Arctic the polar bear is one of the first species we think of. It is an iconic Arctic species but one that is threatened by sea ice loss. The Arctic has experienced record lows in sea ice over recent years. This June set yet another record low for Arctic sea ice extent. The National Snow and Ice Data Centre in the United States reported the sea ice to average a mere 10.6 million square kilometers in June. This may sound like a lot but it is the lowest average sea ice extent for the month of June since the Centre’s records began in 1979.

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NOAA Releases Draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap

 

This month we were really excited to see the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) release their draft Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap for public comment. This is the first coordinated initiative by the US regulator to address issues of man-made noise in the oceans. And, SMRU Consulting is already collaborating on this novel effort as NOAA are currently assessing our (interim) Population Consequences of Disturbance (PCOD) framework to assess impacts of noise on Cook Inlet Beluga (more on this later!).

Check out the Ocean Noise Strategy efforts and the recently released Roadmap here. Public comments on the draft Roadmap are welcomed by NOAA until July 1, 2016.

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Marine Renewables Canada Open House

SMRU Consulting to participate in Marine Renewables Canada industry open house.

On June 14 Dr. Ruth Joy will be attending Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) Marine Renewables Energy Industry Open House in Victoria, BC, Canada.

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