CBC article about JASCO-supported Burbot Study

CBC article about JASCO-supported Burbot Study

CBC News recently interviewed Dr. Peter Cott of Environment and Natural Resources (Government of the Northwest Territories) and adjunct at the University of Alberta. Cott has been studying sounds made by burbot under the ice at Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. 

The fish were held in a large experimental enclosure called the Lota-tron, a cubical net pen 10 m per side. Their calls were recorded with JASCO’s autonomous multi-channel acoustic recorder, the AMAR.

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Ocean Networks Canada posts article about use of JASCO’s AMAR Observer to protect orcas

Ocean Networks Canada posts article about use of JASCO’s AMAR Observer to protect orcas

In February, Ocean Networks Canada posted an article highlighting JASCO’s involvement in one of the world’s most advanced cabled ocean observatories. JASCO’s AMAR Observer is helping ONC acoustically monitor orcas in the Salish Sea.

JASCO began collaborating with ONC’s Innovation Centre in 2012. Since September 2013, two AMAR Observers have been operating on ONC’s observatory in the Strait of Georgia. The Observers can collect and deliver acoustic and oceanographic data in real time, around the clock and throughout the year.

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An AMAR to study harbour seal calls

An AMAR to study harbour seal calls

Kat Nikolich, a Western Washington University (WWU) graduate research student, is collaborating with JASCO Applied Sciences to deploy one of its Autonomous Multichannel Acoustic Recorders (AMARs) this summer to measure the vocal repertoires of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) breeding in the northern Strait of Georgia, BC. Nikolich, who is completing a master’s degree in biology, will work with JASCO bioacoustics expert and pinniped specialist Dr. Héloïse Frouin-Mouy.

The specialized acoustic recorder will be anchored to the seabed near one of the largest seal haul-outs in the region, on the south shore of Hornby Island. The device will record sounds continuously from June through September, spanning the full breeding season of the seals. At the same time, a research team from WWU, comprised of a dedicated team of undergraduate students led by Kat, will observe the seals’ activity from the shore nearby.

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JASCO celebrates World Oceans Day 2014

JASCO celebrates World Oceans Day 2014

June 8 has been celebrated as World Oceans Day globally since 2002 and has been officially recognized by the UN since 2008. World Oceans Day aims to promote ocean conservation, foster education about marine life, and bring communities together to celebrate the things we love about the ocean. 

This year JASCO Applied Sciences will join in the celebration of World Oceans day at two events. First, on Friday June 6 JASCO will have an educational exhibit at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with other groups involved in ocean and nature conservation including the Bedford Institute of OceanographyHope for Wildlife, and the World Wildlife Fund. School groups in the Halifax area will be travelling to the museum for a fun day of ocean education.

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AMAR mission to VENUS

AMAR mission to  VENUS

JASCO Applied Sciences has deployed since early March two of its AMAR underwater sound monitoring systems on the VENUS underwater observatory for a technology demonstration and data gathering mission planned to last several months. VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea) is a cabled ocean observatory, in the Salish Sea coastal waters of British Columbia, operated by Ocean Networks Canada.

JASCO’s AMARs have been deployed at two locations on the VENUS Ocean Observatory in the Strait of Georgia. The primary purpose of this mission is to demonstrate the multi-sensor data collection and streaming capability of the AMAR. Of specific interest to scientists are the real-time detection, identification and localization of calls from individual Southern Resident Killer Whales, and the measurement of the underwater noise from vessels to which these animals may be exposed.

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Can people speak whale? JASCO joins BIO to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gully Marine Protected Area

Can people speak whale? JASCO joins BIO to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gully Marine Protected Area

JASCO Applied Sciences’ Briand Gaudet joins the Bedford Institute of Oceanography and other biologists at the Gully Marine Protected Area Exhibition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Gully’s formal designation as a Marine Protected Area. This one-day science outreach event takes place at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax on Saturday May 10, 2014. The exhibit will include interactive displays about the Gully and the deep-sea creatures that inhabit this unique ecosystem.

Briand’s contribution to the event will be to enable attendees to see if they can “speak whale”. When participants imitate sounds of marine fauna into a microphone (after listening to examples), JASCO’s specialized detection software shows them a visual rendering of their vocalization and tells them what species they sound like, be it humpback whale, orca, bearded seal, or even snapping shrimp.

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JASCO delivers bioacoustics training course at DFO research centre

JASCO delivers bioacoustics training course at DFO research centre

JASCO scientists Julien Delarue and Marie-Noël Matthews delivered a 2-day course on bioacoustics to 15 researchers and resource managers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) at the Maurice Lamontagne Institute in Mont-Joli, QC on 20-21 March 2014. The course included modules on:

  • Acoustic fundamentals
  • Sound propagation modelling
  • Effects of anthropogenic noise on marine life
  • Mitigation and modelling of underwater sound
  • International regulatory frameworks for underwater sound
  • Acoustic monitoring programs and equipment
  • Case studies from JASCO’s diverse project portfolio
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JASCO Team wins Brain War 2014

JASCO Team wins Brain War 2014

The “JASCO Sound Crew” placed first out of 37 teams at the inaugural competition of Brain War, a fundraising event for the Discovery Centre held Saturday February 22 at Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University. The team consisting of Terry Deveau, Mikhail Zykov, Christopher Whitt, and Nicole Chorney competed in a 6 hour marathon of brain-straining challenges that tested their knowledge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

The JASCO team went on to win against the four other highest ranking groups at the February 27 Gala event and final where they faced off on stage in front of peers and spectators and won the championship trophy. The Gala was hosted by CBC News Nova Scotia host Tom Murphy and CBC Mainstreet's Stephanie Domet.

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Welcome to our new website!

Welcome to our new website!

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new website, redesigned with a fresh new look and updated with the latest information about the services we offer and the market sectors we serve. The new website is easier to scan and read so you can find the information you need quickly and easily. We will be adding new content on an ongoing basis, so check back often.

Many thanks to Hop Creative for their excellent work.

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