Pilot study of baleen whale monitoring systems in Honguedo Strait shipping lanes

Pilot study of baleen whale monitoring systems in Honguedo Strait shipping lanes

A new study will help identify optimal locations, technology and scientific approaches to maximize the effectiveness of whale monitoring in and around a major Canadian shipping region with the goal of mitigating ship strike risk. 

The study uses autonomous underwater gliders and fixed moorings, both equipped with digital acoustic monitoring devices, to locate whales in the Honguedo Strait, between Anticosti Island and the northern Gaspé Peninsula in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

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Global climate march: More than just students

Global climate march: More than just students

Team members from JASCO ‘s global locations joined millions of people worldwide in climate action demonstrations and marches through cities and smaller communities. As the Climate Strike date of 27 September, 11 a.m. swept around the globe, JASCO staff took to the streets to express their concern for the planet and demand for better policies to protect it.

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Ocean Acoustic Observatories to the Rescue of Marine Life

Ocean Acoustic Observatories to the Rescue of Marine Life

Roberto Racca, JASCO’s Chief Communications Officer, contributed an article to the Ocean Sound special issue of ECO Magazine, announced today.

From the article:
Vulnerable marine species and critical ecosystems worldwide are increasingly at risk of noise-related injury and disturbance from human activity. Shore-connected underwater acoustic observatories enable long-term, real-time monitoring that can document trends in underwater noise levels and simultaneously detect the presence of whales and other aquatic species.

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JASCO tests underwater glider drone to detect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

JASCO tests underwater glider drone to detect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

JASCO and Teledyne Webb Research have teamed to deploy a Slocum G3 underwater glider fitted with JASCO’s OceanObserver™ intelligent acoustic monitoring system in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence. The glider was deployed September 15 in the Orpheline Channel on a 6-week test mission to attempt to detect and record North Atlantic right whales.

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Acoustics workshop in Ensenada, Mexico

Acoustics workshop in Ensenada, Mexico

JASCO scientists Dr Jonathan Vallarta and Dr Melanie Austin are helping build Mexican scientific capacity and increase national interest in the field of underwater acoustics. In September, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education at Ensenada (Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, CICESE) hosted a three-day acoustic workshop at the UNAM campus in Ensenada, Mexico.

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World renowned scientists join JASCO

The JASCO Applied Sciences global team has been joined in January 2018 by two distinguished scientists well known in the underwater acoustics and bioacoustics communities. Michael Ainslie has joined JASCO Applied Sciences (Deutschland) GmbH and will be based in The Hague, Netherlands; Klaus Lucke has joined JASCO Applied Sciences (Australia) Pty Ltd in the Brisbane office of the company.

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JASCO’s PortListen framework powers internationally acclaimed initiative on ship noise

JASCO’s PortListen framework powers internationally acclaimed initiative on ship noise

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has received international acclaim for its initiative to incentivise quieter vessels by offering substantial discounts to ships meeting prescribed underwater noise emission criteria. VFPA's Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program aims to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia. Key to this VFPA initiative is the ability to accurately assess underwater sound emissions from vessels as they navigate the access corridor to the port. This is enabled through the deployment and operation by JASCO Applied Sciences, in collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), of Underwater Listening Stations that provide real-time automated measurements of vessels’ noise emissions relative to other ships in their class through JASCO's PortListen® solution – an ANSI-conforming acoustic measurement system and web-enabled user interface, supported by ONC’s subsea network and data archive.

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Cynthia Pyć speaks at Consortium for Ocean Leadership workshop

Cynthia Pyć speaks at Consortium for Ocean Leadership workshop

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership held a workshop in October on Sound In The Sea: Building A Cross-Sector Consensus On Gaps In Science. Cynthia Pyć, Senior Manager of Environmental Science & Sustainability at JASCO Applied Sciences, was invited as an independent panelist. JASCO also provided major sponsorship of the event, which brought together a diverse group of delegates from the USA and Canada.

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CBC News covers JASCO-supported Atlantic marine mammal study

CBC News covers JASCO-supported Atlantic marine mammal study

On 16 May the Halifax, NS headquarters of JASCO Applied Sciences hosted a workshop attended by researchers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Dalhousie University to plan a coordinated effort to analyze whale calls in data that will be collected this summer as part of an unprecedented survey of marine mammals off Atlantic Canada. CBC News covered the workshop in broadcast and on-line articles about the search for the elusive northern right whale, which is one of the key mission objectives of the survey.

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JASCO celebrates Earth Day 2016

JASCO celebrates Earth Day 2016

Earth Day was celebrated globally this year on 22 April, and the JASCO Applied Sciences team joined in the movement to keep the planet beautiful with two litter clean-up initiatives in the company’s Halifax and Victoria offices in Canada. JASCO members and friends gathered in numbers to tackle rubbish in local parks and neighbourhoods. The collected items were later sorted for recycling as far as possible. But personal involvement to helping the planet does not stop at just one day. A member of the JASCO team in the UK embraces the environment on a monthly basis by organizing litter clean ups in his community, and many others throughout company branches worldwide contribute in whatever way they can to reduce their environmental footprint every day of the year.

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