FIRST ANNUAL CAPE SHARP TIDAL ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING REPORT SUBMITTED
On January 1, 2018, Cape Sharp Tidal submitted its first annual Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP) report to Nova Scotia Environment (NSE). Three previous quarterly reports are posted on our website.
Through our Environmental Effects Monitoring Program (EEMP), we are working to advance scientific understanding of potential interactions of marine wildlife with the turbine in the near-field environment for an operating in-stream tidal turbine. This understanding will help to verify the accuracy of environmental effect predictions made in the FORCE environmental assessment and will inform future environmental monitoring programs.
This annual report includes:
- A follow-up to the Q1, Q2, Q3 EEMP reports ;
- An update on activities related to the turbine and the monitoring devices for the reporting period (October – December);
- Final data results and analysis for the 2016/2017 CST turbine deployment; and
- An update on a contingency program and the EEMP for 2018.
Independent researchers submitted reports for each environmental component. Their reports include analyses of monitoring data results and provide recommendations. Independent reports are included as appendices in the annual report and were submitted for:
- Gemini imaging sonar data (fish);
- icListen hydrophone data (marine mammals – harbour porpoise); and,
- Acoustic recorder (turbine operational sound).
Cape Sharp Tidal is working to implement an adaptive management – or continuous learning – approach to environmental monitoring, including planning and reporting. This approach is necessary due to the unknowns and difficulties inherent with gathering data in tidal environments like the Minas Passage, and allows for adjustments and constant improvements to be made as knowledge about test area, turbine and monitoring technologies and potential environmental interactions become better known.
We know from current public opinion research that most Nova Scotians support demonstration scale in-stream tidal projects. We appreciate the ongoing support of Nova Scotians and the confidence that has been placed in us while we continue this important demonstration project.
Read the full annual report here.