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Government commits $7.2M for underwater listening in B.C. waters

An orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Scientists are getting $7.2 million to help improve the collection of listening stations installed along the Pacific coast, especially in key areas used by killer whales.

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An orca leaps out of the water near a whale watching boat in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. Scientists are getting $7.2 million to help improve the collection of listening stations installed along the Pacific coast, especially in key areas used by killer whales.

VANCOUVER — Scientists are getting $7.2 million from the federal government to expand a network of underwater listening devices around British Columbia's coast. 

The government says the money will help improve the collection of listening stations installed along the Pacific coast, especially in key areas used by killer whales.

Ocean Networks Canada at the University of Victoria will use the money to augment its network of oceanographic radars and hydrophones that are already in the water.

Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says a better understanding of the underwater environment will allow for conservation of marine ecosystems.

The government says the funding will also collect more data on the speed and direction of ocean currents, which could enhance navigation and support emergency response.

The announcement was made at a symposium in Vancouver looking at a co-ordinated approach to the recovery and protection of southern resident killer whales, a species at risk in Canada.

 

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