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Marine transport activity in the vicinity of the St Anns Bank area of interest: potential impact on conservation objectives

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dc.contributor.author Aker, Jana Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-20T16:22:58Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-20T16:22:58Z
dc.date.issued 2012-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10222/15536
dc.description Graduate Project en_US
dc.description.abstract The St Anns Bank area of interest (AOI) on the Eastern Scotian Shelf was announced in June 2011 and will be designated as the next marine protected in Atlantic Canada. The AOI is intersected by dense commercial vessel traffic that has the potential to negatively impact on some of the conservation objectives associated with a marine protected area. The potential impacts include vessel-sourced pollution, oil spills, vessel strikes to marine organisms, and vessel noise pollution. My study determined that there is a quantitatively measurable relative probability of oil spills occurring from vessels in a defined study area that encompasses the AOI. I also determined that there is a high relative probability of vessel strikes to leatherback turtles within the AOI and this raises vessel management concerns as leatherbacks are listed as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act. In addition, I determined that vessel noise represents a potential and measurable impact to whale species within the AOI, though available data for whales, including abundance, distribution and temporal residency, within AOI is lacking. Though I have identified specific impacts within the area, a more comprehensive and quantitative assessment of the potential impacts is required prior to the consideration of vessel navigation management that could be implemented by the International Maritime Organization that would reduce potential impacts. en_US
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dc.subject area of interest en_US
dc.subject Marine Protected Areas en_US
dc.subject vessel traffic en_US
dc.subject vessel impacts en_US
dc.subject International Maritime Organization en_US
dc.subject leatherback sea turtle en_US
dc.subject whales en_US
dc.subject seabirds en_US
dc.subject MPA en_US
dc.subject IMO en_US
dc.subject St Anns Bank en_US
dc.subject Eastern Scotian Shelf en_US
dc.subject Atlantic Canada en_US
dc.subject AOI en_US
dc.title Marine transport activity in the vicinity of the St Anns Bank area of interest: potential impact on conservation objectives en_US
dc.type Other en_US


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