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Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Wins Marine Environment Award

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the winner of a 2017 North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) award for its marine environment protection initiatives.

The awards are given annually and recognize companies, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals whose efforts support NAMEPA’s mission to "Save Our Seas." Vancouver-Fraser won in the ports category.

Of particular note, the port authority’s Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program was developed to better understand the cumulative impacts on at-risk southern resident killer whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia.

The port authority is leading a study in the Haro Strait to research the relationship between slower vessel speed, vessel noise, and the resultant effect on killer whales.

"We have set ourselves a vision to be the world’s most sustainable port, so this award is a very encouraging endorsement of our progress towards that goal," said Robin Sylvester, the port authority’s president and chief executive officer.  "This award is a great reinforcement for us as we strive to make our vision a reality."

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Southport (CT), NAMEPA is a self-described "marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources."


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