Shore Based Observations
Nicole Le Baron is spending June-September on Saturna Island conducting shore-based marine mammal observations for Boundary Pass. Species of interest include killer whales (residents and transients), humpback whales, gray whales, minke whales, porpoises, and dolphins.
Le Baron also notes the presence of vessels in the vicinity of marine mammals, and has conducted a small vessel survey to validate JASCO Applied Science’s acoustic boat detector. This project is funded by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s ECHO Program and Transport Canada, in support of the expanded 2019 voluntary vessel slowdown to reduce noise exposure from large vessels on Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Collaborators include Dr. Lauren McWhinnie from the University of Victoria Coastal and Ocean Resource Analysis Lab (CORAL) and the Saturna Island Marine Research & Education Society (SIMRES).