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Permits and reviews for proposed development and events in the Port of Vancouver

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and is home to a wide variety of trade-related activities. They aim to make sure the port is able to continue supporting national trade for years to come, all while protecting the environment and considering local communities in the process.

While the movement of goods to and from the port is managed by terminals, shipping agents, pilots, and other individual companies that operate within their jurisdiction, Their job as a port authority is to ensure the lands and waters that make up the port are managed responsibly and sustainably.

They control the use of federally-owned port lands and water, leasing their use to terminal operators and other tenants. They are also responsible for land use planning for the federal lands that make up the port’s jurisdiction. As laid out in the Canada Marine Act, Their oversight includes conducting reviews and issuing permits for work, projects, and events proposed within our jurisdiction.

ECHO Program’s first report on participation in voluntary initiatives

On the other hand in the press release to ” eBlueeconomy” make sure it’s through three weeks into the ECHO Program’s 2022 season, and provide the first report on participation rates in each of the program’s voluntary underwater noise reduction measures. The season is off to a strong start, with more than 85​% of all ship transits having slowed down or stayed distanced from the southern resident killer whale’s critical habitat since June 1.

The strong early participation rates in our new inbound slowdown trial at Swiftsure Bank, with 77% of all ship transits slowing down to within one knot of the target speed. Thank you to everyone who has supported the launch, and strong beginning, of this new measure within a key foraging area for southern resident killer whales.

As many whales continue to be sighted in the area – including southern resident killer whales, seen today in Haro Strait – your collective efforts to reduce underwater noise are important. We thank you for your work to create a quieter underwater environment for the whales to hunt, navigate, and communicate in, especially as the J and K pods tend to their new calves.

 Each table breaks down the percentage of participating ship transits, as well as the number of ship transits that participated out of all ship transits, in brackets.

So far, the cumulative participation rate in the inbound and outbound ship slowdown trial at Swiftsure Bank is 77%. As this is the first-ever coordinated ship slowdown in the inbound lane at Swiftsure Bank, we are glad to see such strong early participation rates. Let’s keep up this impressive start!

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