Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ENDANGERED SPECIES: Has the Humpback been delisted in BC to allow pipeline construction in their habitat?

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This image shows a pair of Humpback Whales "lunge-feeding". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Links for a new letter on the delisting of humpback whales and the development of the Enbridge Northern Gateway megapipeline project in British Columbia, Canada, recently published in Science last July.

Basically, we advocate that the decision to downlist humpback whales in British Columbia should account for threats posed by oil pipelines and associated tankers. The downlisting from ‘Threatened’ status to a species of ‘Special Concern’ was significant because the whales’ critical habitat, which overlaps proposed oil tanker routes, does not have to be protected under the revised status.

Delisted whales good news for pipeline

Juan José Alava, Joshua N. Silberg
Science. 07/2014; 345(6194):278-279.
DOI: 10.1126/science.345.6194.278-c

The article can be downloaded from the following links:

Juan José Alava
Juan Jose Alava, PhD
Adjunct Professor
School of Resource & Environmental Management
Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, BC, Canada

Associate Faculty Member
School of Environment and Sustainability,
Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences,
Royal Roads University
Victoria, BC, Canada

Saturday, August 16, 2014

LNG: Have you wondered why Passamaquoddy Bay is NOT a good place for a terminal? Here’s why!

The long-time battle over the establishment of an LNG Terminal at Robbinston, Maine seems to be heading into a new phase as Downeast LNG applies for an import-export facility on Mill Cove. Nothing has changed and it is time to revisit the reasons why FERC should refuse this application. Read on and wonder.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Street Art

STRANDING: Beached dolphin rescued by Digby County volunteers

CBC News Posted: Aug 13, 2014 7:47 PM AT Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014 7:47 PM AT

The group lifted the dolphin onto a tarp and carried it towards the sea. (Submitted by Andrew Moir)

A beached dolphin has a small community in Digby County to thank for potentially saving its life after volunteers helped push the mammal to deeper waters.

Billy Howard was picking up periwinkles on Long Island around 8 p.m. on Tuesday when he found a beached dolphin.

He called local whale-watching guide Chris Callaghan to help and she rallied a rescue effort.

“North East Cove in Freeport fully drains at low tide,” Callaghan told CBC’s Mainstreet. “This dolphin somehow got in when there was water and as the tide receded it was stranded on the sand.”

A dolphin had beached itself in North East Cove, on Long Island. (Submitted by Andrew Moir)

The Marine Animal Response Society said it was probably too late for Fisheries and Oceans to come

So Callaghan’s husband Andy Moir turned to Facebook for help and about 12 people came down.

Callaghan guesses the animal had probably been out of the water for a few hours.

“We went down and put towels on the dolphin and wet the towels just to keep the skin moist,” she said.

“It obviously couldn’t move, it was still breathing. You know it’s hard to tell what they’re thinking.”

The group lifted the dolphin onto a tarp and carried it towards the water. By that point, the tide was coming in.

“It was pretty weak,” said Callaghan.

They then took turns holding the animal and rocking it back and forth so that it could regain its equilibrium, a tip Callaghan learned while rescuing beached whales. By the time they let it go it was almost dark and the water was chest-deep.

“The tail started going up and down you could see it was making some effort,” said Callaghan.

Callaghan says she returned to the beach around 7 a.m. on Wednesday and luckily, there was no sign of the dolphin.

“I’m an animal lover as I think is everybody who came last night...they are magnificent. You cannot see a dolphin in the wild without smiling,” she said. “There’s nothing you can do but try to help it.”

INTERNSHIPS: Cetaceans research internships announcement - Winter Season 2015

Bottlenose dolphin head, showing rostrum and b...
Bottlenose dolphin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), I am pleased to announce that we are currently accepting internship applications for Winter term 2015 (a minimum of 60 days of participation, with a start date around January 15th, but start date will be flexible) for our research project along the North-western coast of the Iberian Pensinsula (Galician waters, Spain).

Interns can expect to gain a solid foundation in cetaceans behavioural ecology and sociobiology with a focus on dolphins ethology, habitat use and communication. Furthermore, as the Galician coastline is known for frequent strandings of various marine mammals species, the participants will be a part of an important network for rescue and data collection from these stranded animals. 

The BDRI offers the interns the chance to work during many steps of the research. Your participation means that you will not only be observing the studied animals at sea, but you will

JOBS: Right Whale Aerial Survey Observers

Right whale (1980) Massachusetts Secretary of ...
Right whale  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sea to Shore Alliance Right Whale Aerial Survey Observers
Job Announcement
Sea to Shore Alliance, a non-profit international research and conservation organization, is seeking temporary, seasonal aerial observers for marine mammal surveys from December 2013 through March 2014.  These positions are in anticipation of research activities to be conducted in the southeastern United States, contingent upon funding.  Responsibilities will include participating in aerial flights up to four days per week, data processing, and photo analysis.  Observers are required to complete an aviation and marine safety/survival training course.  Housing is provided and will be located in St. Simon's Island, Georgia. 
Previous aerial or marine mammal survey experience, as well as experience in photo-identification of large cetaceans, is strongly desired.  Applicants should be skilled in database entry and other computer applications including photo processing software.  The ability to live and work well in a team environment and work in a small aircraft up to eight hours per day is required.  We are currently accepting applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to ctaylor@sea2shore.org by August 22, 2014.

Cynthia R. Taylor
Research Scientist
Sea to Shore Alliance