Wednesday, April 01, 2015

PIPELINES & BELUGA: Energy East plan for oil port in Quebec dropped: report

Pod of belugas swimming
Pod of belugas swimming (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While this is good news for marine mammal populations in the Gulf of St.  Lawrence, there still seems to be no concern about the endangered species in the Bay of Fundy, particularly the North Alantic Right Whale, Finbacks, Humpbacks and many species of seabirds. The potential for a catastrophic oil spill and subsequent impacts from the dispersant Corexit is high at present. Increased tanker traffic will increase the risk substantially.

A. MacKay

Pipeline to go direct to N.B. after objections to plans that could affect beluga habitat
The Canadian Press Posted: Apr 01, 2015 5:28 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 01, 2015 5:35 PM ET

A published report says TransCanada Corp. has ditched plans to build an oil port in Quebec as part of its Energy East project.

Montreal La Presse says the Calgary-based company will transport oil directly to Saint John, N.B.
TransCanada had previously suspended the construction of a port in the eastern Quebec community of Cacouna because of the presence of belugas.

A federal government wildlife committee concluded late last year their numbers had dwindled to 1,000 from a high of 10,000.

The company wanted the terminal in Cacouna as part of its 4,600-kilometre pipeline, which would carry 1.1 million barrels per day of oilsands crude from Alberta to refineries on the east
coast for export overseas.

La Presse says TransCanada will seek an extension of up to two months to table its final version of the project.

Where's the spinoff?
TransCanada had no immediate comment.
Opposition politicians expressed concerns Wednesday that, without an oil terminal, Quebec would be subject to possible environmental risks — but with far fewer economic spinoffs than
originally thought. "On a scale of 1 to 10, the economic benefits with Cacouna were one, but with no port they drop to zero," said Sylvain Gaudreault, a Parti Quebecois member of the legislature.
François Legault, leader of the Coalition for Quebec's Future, voiced a similar opinion.
"We'll be subject to the risks of the pipeline but the benefits and the jobs will go to the Maritimes," said Legault. "I understand the need to protect the environment but we really need to
get the maximum benefits possible."

Quebec conditions
The Quebec government imposed various conditions on TransCanada last fall for Energy East to be accepted. The government told TransCanada it had to ensure the project was socially acceptable, conduct an environmental assessment and provide a plan that would guarantee emergency
measures of a high standard. It also wanted the company to assume full economic and environmental responsibility in the case of any leak. There was also a stipulation the project had to generate economic benefits for Quebec as a whole as well as respecting agreements with First Nations.

TransCanada has long argued the project would help support thousands of jobs across the country and generate billions of dollars in government tax revenues'

© The Canadian Press, 2015

WORLD WHALE BUZZ is out! Edition of 01 April 2015

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OCEAN POLICY: White House Releases National Ocean Policy Report

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Logo of the United States White House, especially in conjunction with offices like the Chief of Staff and Press Secretary. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White House Releases National Ocean Policy Report

Posted: 27 Mar 2015 02:17 PM PDT

Today, the White House released its Report on the Implementation of the National Ocean Policy highlighting the progress it has made in the last year.

The following is a statement from Priscilla Brooks, Director of Conservation Law Foundation's Ocean Conservation Program:

"The ocean is the bedrock of New England culture and supports a thriving coastal economy. The progress of the National Ocean Policy demonstrates our commitment as a nation to protecting important ocean habitat, wildlife, and resources. Conservation Law Foundation supports the sustainable use of our ocean resources and applauds the White House for the collaborative work it has accomplished thus far."

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VOLUNTEERS: Volunteer position for a project on inshore dolphins in Queensland, Australia.

Dolphins surfing at Snapper Rocks, Queensland,...
Dolphins surfing at Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Daniele Cagnazzi (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Marine Ecology Research Centre, SCU) is currently accepting applications for two volunteer positions, for the Capricorn Cetaceans Project for the Australian winter season from the 15 of May to the first week of September 2015.
The primary aim of this project is to study inshore dolphin species primarily the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the Australian snubfin dolphin in the Southern Great Barrier Reef Queensland Australia. More information about past and on-going projects can be found at on the project facebook page (search for Capricorn Cetaceans Project) and at the Marine Ecology Research centre website

Field work include daily coastal surveys conducted on a 6m centre console vessel. 
During field work we will applied standard techniques normally applied in inshore dolphins studies. Additionally we will also collect skin samples using PAXARM biopsy system for an on-going genetic and toxicology analyses .

More detailed information on the project will be given directly during a Skype conversation.

While on land the team will share a house in Yeppoon and Laguna Quay Resort in Central Queensland. All accommodation costs are covered. Volunteers wil have to cover their food expenses at home while food and drinks on the boat are provided by the project.

This position is mainly for people with photo-identification experience, with a profound interest in cetaceans and a background in marine studies. This project offers the opportunity for undergraduate thesis.

Applications are considered only for the entire period.

Daniele Cagnazzi, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Marine Ecology Research Centre
School of Environment, Science and Engineering
Southern Cross University
Lismore NSW 2480 Australia
Mobile 0428366838

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

VOLUNTEERS: Macro-plastic pollution and cetacean monitoring - French Mediterranean

Gibraltar, Europa Point LH from the sea
Gibraltar, Europa Point LH from the sea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The French NGO Participe Futur ( has been
offering eco-volunteering opportunities in the northwestern
Mediterranean Sea on-board its sailing boat Alcyon for 10 years.
Providing its experience and logistics, the NGO takes part in scientific
programmes around macro-plastic pollution and cetacean populations
monitoring in the Pelagos Sanctuary and adjacent waters. This year,
missions will cover the whole summer between July 4 and September 17. If
you wish to embark with us, you can find more information here:

Participe Futur also gives the opportunity to embark on "Sailing
Discovery" missions to discover navigation and the sailing philosophy
dear to Bernard Moitessier. In this framework, Participe Futur organises
a circum navigation from May 2 to June 27 2015, with four 2-week stages
from Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Balearic Islands and Gibraltar and back
to St Mandrier, near Toulon. During the circum, volunteers will have the
opportunity to meet and exchange with scientists working on
Mediterranean cetaceans as well as collect data on macro-plastics and
cetaceans. You will find all the information on the dedicated webpage of
the website :

No background in sailing or cetacean biology is necessary but volunteers
absolutely need to be fluent in French. Volunteers must also be ready to
spend a week or two living on a sailing boat with reduced privacy (no
individual cabins).

Feel free to get in touch using the email address below for more

Best regards,

Jacques Landron