ECHO Program announces 2021 voluntary slowdowns

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program has announced this year’s measures to help in the recovery of the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW).  Again vessels will be asked to voluntarily slowdown in SRKW key foraging areas in Haro Strait and Boundary Pass and at Swiftsure Bank from as early as June 1st. As part of the Chamber of Shipping’s members’ commitments under the SRKW Conservation Agreement under the Species at Risk Act, the measures are enhanced each year as the science around acoustic disturbance, prey availability and contaminants develops. Last year, thanks to the participation of the shipping lines and agents, underwater sound intensity was reduced by nearly 50% and just this week it was reported that the J pod is in the best condition in a decade.

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