Observations of marine mammals in the Petit Passage & Grand Passage, NS and adjacent waters in the eastern Bay of Fundy to assess species composition, distribution, number and seasonality

Principal Investigators:

Greg Trowse, Fundy Tidal Inc; Dr. Moira Brown, Canadian Whale Institute; and Brad Whinney, Conserve.IO

Start Date: April 2014

End Date: December 2014

This research project implements a common mobile tool, database, and alert system for recording and acting on marine life sightings, while engaging coastal communities in protection of the marine environment and utilizing crowd-sourcing to collect data for scientific research.  This research project was undertaken to evaluate baseline presence and behaviours of marine life observed in Grand Passage, Petit Passage, and Digby Gut in order to lay the foundation, in part, for environmental effects monitoring associated with the planned deployment of in-stream tidal energy devices by Fundy Tidal Inc. at these sites. While such information complements the existing sightings logged by local whale watchers since 2005, it is especially relevant since sightings of marine mammals observed in the two Passages often go unnoted.

The Whale Alert (2.0) and Spotter Pro Apps can be downloaded from iTunes using the links below:

Reports

Observations of marine mammals in the Petit Passage & Grand Passage, NS and adjacent waters in the eastern Bay of Fundy to assess species composition, distribution, number and seasonality – Final Report [PDF]