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    Passive acoustic monitoring and UAV assessment of the impacts of shipping and development on High Arctic beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) and narwhals (Monodon monoceros)

Completed Screening

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Cortney Wheeler
  • 23 Wildfire Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Winnipeg, MB R3X2B5 Canada
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A collaborative project by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Florida Atlantic University, and Resolute Bay Hunters and Trappers Association is being proposed in Creswell Bay on Somerset Island to research narwhal and beluga whales. The objective of the project is to use drone video and photographs to look at body size of whales, measures ship noise and beluga and narwhal vocalizations, observe beluga and narwhal behaviour in the presence and absence of vessels, assess interactions between narwhal and beluga, and collect biopsy samples to look at hormone levels and genetics in the whales. To undertake the research a temporary camp of six people will be set up. The field crew will be flown in and out of camp on a twin otter on July 26 and August 14, 2022 respectively, by the Polar Continental Shelf Program. No structures or equipment will be left at the camp site. While conducting the research, small zodiac boats with 25hp engines will be used to deploy hydrophones for recording audio, underwater cameras for taking photographs, and to record observations and capture drone photographs and videos of beluga and narwhal. The study is using non-invasive research methods, and we do not expect any long term impacts on the whales or the marine or terrestrial habitat.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening completed 2022-06-23
  • NOI Issued 2022-06-23
  • SDR Issued 2022-06-23
  • Board voting 2022-06-23
  • Board voting 2022-06-15
  • Extention to Screening Deadline requested 2022-06-02
  • Opportunity to Respond 2022-06-03
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2022-05-19
  • Commenting period 2022-05-19
  • Application screening started 2022-04-22
  • North Baffin
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