Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has clinched an award for an environment protection initiative that calls upon shipping operators to slow their speed when transiting whale feeding grounds.
North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine-industry-led non-profit protecting waterway and ocean resources.
It annually recognizes companies, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals for marine protection efforts.
Recently it awarded Vancouver port authority for environmental protection in the ports category after the port led a first-of-its-kind study in the Haro Strait.
Researchers studied the relationship between slower vessel speed and vessel noise, alongside their effect on killer whales.
Effects have been investigated through a series of studies and efforts, called the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, that was launched in August 7, 2017 and will conclude on October 6, 2017.
Robin Silvester, president and CEO of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority said: “We are very honoured to receive NAMEPA’s 2017 Port Marine Environment Protection Award.
“We have set ourselves a vision to be the world’s most sustainable port, so this award is a very encouraging endorsement of our progress towards that goal.”
“This award is a great reinforcement for us as we strive to make our vision a reality.
"We want to thank our industry, government, academic, First Nation and conservation and environmental group partners who have worked with us to deliver world-leading environmental programs, such as the ECHO Program, to preserve the natural beauty and health of this region”