Connecting people to protect whales

Connecting people to protect whales


The killer whales are dynamic, beautiful creatures. We want to do whatever we can to help them. To protect what we have and to improve what we have is what BC Coast Pilots are about. My name is Krista and I’m the project manager for the Echo Program at the port authority, My name is Robin Stewart and I’m a pilot for the BC coast pilots. The ECHO Program is a research and management initiative at the Port of Vancouver. We asked large commercial piloted vessels to slow down in a key foraging habitat for the endangered southern resident killer whales. Underwater noise from ships can impede the whales’ ability to communicate and find their prey. so slowing vessels down reduces the amount of noise they generate underwater. The more we talked with the port and the echo team, We realized that we were trying to attain something that we had a great belief in. Help the whales, we can do that. Whether it’s industry, Coast Guard, whether it’s a remote community or a large community there is a sense of ownership on the west coast that people take very seriously. We have an advisory working group that has representatives from industry, First Nations individuals, government, scientists, the shipping associations and the pilots. It really couldn’t have been done without all of those parties working together.

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