ECHO Program, Port of Vancouver

Krista Trounce, Project Manager Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Since 2014, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program has undertaken numerous collaborative research initiatives to better understand and manage the cumulative effects of shipping activities on at-risk whales along the southern coast of British Columbia, in particular the southern resident killer whale. Krista Trounce is the project manager for the ECHO Program and manages a variety of scientific projects in the subject areas of underwater acoustics, physical disturbance, and environmental contaminants.

 

The marine transportation industry has been an instrumental partner in many of these initiatives, including voluntary vessel slowdown studies, which began in 2017. Underwater noise from ships can interfere with whales’ ability to hunt, navigate and communicate, but slowing ships down can reduce that noise. Ship slowdown studies and other research are helping to inform the development and implementation of measures that reduce the effects of marine traffic on this iconic species.Krista has over 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer and project manager and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo. She is a licensed engineer in the province of British Columbia.

This video was made possible by Canada's Department of Fisheries & Oceans, Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk