DFO to map ocean floor to prepare for potential spills

DFO to map ocean floor to prepare for potential spills

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Canada, September 9, 2014: Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is looking for someone to map the ocean floor near the British Columbia coast, an area it says could be affected by spills with the expected increase in tanker traffic.

The department recently issued a request for proposals as an initial step toward mapping the inlets, islands, reefs and intertidal areas of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, and the Queen Charlotte and Johnstone straits.

DFO also wants an update to the existing map of the Strait of Georgia, between the mainland and Vancouver Island. As part of this program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada science has been tasked with mapping (ocean bottom) ecosystems in areas that may be impacted by increased tanker traffic and potential spills.

The tender says the transportation of oil and hazardous and noxious substances is expected to increase and the map database will be used to inform response in the event of an environmental emergency. The project is expected to be complete by March 2015.

Source: Beacon News