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The Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority-led initiative aimed at better understanding and managing the impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the Salish Sea.

Join us for our next Orca Talk to learn more about this exciting and innovative program! Krista Trounce, the ECHO Program Manager, will present how the ECHO Program is working with national and international collaborators to develop mitigation measures that will lead to a quantifiable reduction in potential threats to whales as a result of shipping activities.

Learn about the projects the ECHO Program has completed and is currently working on: Strait of Georgia Underwater Listening Station to measure vessel noise levels, regional monitoring of ambient noise in the Salish Sea, a Mariners Guide to Whales in the Pacific Northwest, large whale strike risk assessment, a trial slowdown of commercial vessels, and others. Hear how the ECHO Program and our collaborators are educating mariners, industry partners and the public about the impacts of underwater noise on marine mammals. Krista will speak to the ECHO Program long term goals, and how the Salish Sea will benefit from their research and initiatives.

When: June 22, 7 PM
Where: Dakota Place Park Building, 4403 SW Dakota St,  West Seattle
Cost: $10 General Admission, $5 kids under 12
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About the Speaker

Krista Trounce is the Program Manager for the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Krista brings to the ECHO Program over 20 years of experience as an environmental engineer and project manager. Krista joined the ECHO Program in early 2015, after spending a year as the Project Specialist, Site Assessment for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Prior to joining the port authority, Krista was a manager and partner at a private consulting firm where her career focused on the evaluation of risk to human and ecological health posed by environmental contaminants. Krista holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo and is a licenced engineer in the province of British Columbia.

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