October 19, 2017

Echo Program’s vessel slowdown trial in Haro Strait is a success

A vessel slowdown trial in Haro Strait to determine the relationship between speed and underwater noise in terms of reducing impacts on whales has ended.

The nine-week trial – running August 7 to October 6, 2017 – had an overall reported vessel participation rate of 61%. The ECHO Program team and its consultants at JASCO Applied Sciences and SMRU Consulting have been working hard to interpret the underwater noise data collected from the trial. Although all the collected data has not yet been analyzed, the preliminary indications are:

The above results are based on a preliminary assessment of the trial information collected and analyzed thus far. The ECHO Program will be sharing the final results in early 2018. Potential financial and operational impacts to the shipping industry will also be evaluated through a survey.

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Echo Program’s vessel slowdown trial in Haro Strait is a success