10/17/2017: "Big Boys Look At Vessel Noise Impacts On Whales - Negative Impacts Found"
(Joan Lopez photo)
AAL was founded in the Netherlands in 1995 and became a a global multipurpose operator that serves the breakbulk, heavy lift and project cargo industry; they also participated in a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority study on the impact of ship noise on the environment, namely the impact of ship noise on the southern resident killer whales (Related Story).
San Juan Island resident Mark Anderson, an expert and advocate for controls and regulations (Related Story) on whale watching boats -and any boats that have a negative impact on killer whales- agrees with a report by Port Technology that “existing scientific evidence indicates that underwater noise from vessels can interfere with killer whale echolocation clicks, calls and whistles, inhibiting the ability to hunt, navigate and communicate. Existing research also suggests that vessels operating at lower speeds typically generate less underwater noise.”
The study was a collaboration with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, in addition to participating members, including the following :B.C. Coast Pilots; BC Ferries; the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia; Cruise Line International Association North West and Canada; Hapag-Lloyd; Holland America; the Shipping Federation of Canada; the Pacific Pilotage Authority; Vancouver Fraser Port Authority; Washington State Ferries, and Transport Canada.
So? Now what?