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Posted on: July 30, 2018

As part of our commitment to responsible development, we’ve updated our Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP). The purpose of the EEMP is to monitor potential environmental effects of the Cape Sharp Tidal turbines on the Bay of Fundy marine environment and to understand the full capabilities of the monitoring devices. Here are some important things to know about our environmental monitoring scope, development and approach:

  • Our EEMP was developed in consultation with national and international experts in tidal site monitoring, and involved input from scientists and regulatory agencies.
  • The results of the EEMP will be used to verify the predictions stated in the 2010 Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) Environmental Assessment.
  • The 2018 EEMP has been updated following the first deployment and lessons learned have been implemented. The 2018 EEMP is available here.
  • Comments on Cape Sharp Tidal’s 2018 EEMP from Nova Scotia Environment and Fisheries and Oceans Canada can be found here.
  • Our EEMP includes separate monitoring for marine fish, marine mammals and turbine sound.
  • The EEMP also includes a contingency plan and new supplemental program.
  • The EEMP is layered with the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy’s EEMP program, which is available at: fundyforce.ca/environment/monitoring.
  • Our EEMP has been reviewed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) as part of our Authorization Approval under the Fisheries Act and the Species at Risk Act.
  • Continuing to conduct environmental effects monitoring will lead to better understanding of near-field (i.e. next to the turbines) interactions and potential effects the turbine may have on the marine environment.
  • Cape Sharp Tidal submits quarterly environmental effects monitoring reports to Nova Scotia Environment and DFO. Reports for the 2016-17 deployment are available here:
  • Written feedback on the FORCE and Cape Sharp Tidal 2018 annual reports was provided by regulators in January 2018, and can be viewed here.
  • For 2018, our quarterly environmental monitoring updates will be included in the quarterly FORCE reports. The Q1 2018 report is available here. The Q2 2018 report is available here.
  • Our program will complement the existing body of research that has been done on the Bay of Fundy around tidal development and the Bay of Fundy environment.
  • Information on the environmental monitoring technology we use is available here: Environmental Monitoring Technology.

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