Vancouver Port Authority establishes Scientific Advisory Committee to review Adaptive Management Strategy results for Deltaport Third Berth Project



    VANCOUVER, April 30 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority is pleased to
announce the establishment of the Scientific Advisory Committee that will
provide scientific and technical advice and recommendations to the port for
the implementation of the Adaptive Management Strategy as part of the
Deltaport Third Berth Expansion Project.
    The Adaptive Management Strategy is one of several significant
environmental programs that are being undertaken as part of the Deltaport
Third Berth Project. It is a science-based approach to monitoring and managing
the Roberts Bank ecosystem that will assess ecosystem trends attributable to
the third berth's construction and operation.
    The committee will provide scientific and technical advice and
recommendations to the port for the implementation of the Adaptive Management
Strategy.
    "The core activity of the Scientific Advisory Committee is to review the
data collected under the Adaptive Management Strategy," said Darrell
Desjardin, Director Environmental Programs for the Vancouver Port Authority.
"The committee will consider the scientific data to monitor positive and
negative ecosystem trends that emerge as a result of the third berth project,
and will advise the port if additional mitigation measures or monitoring is
required."
    The Scientific Advisory Committee consists of one scientist appointed by
the VPA, one scientist appointed by Environment Canada, and one scientist
selected jointly by VPA and Environment Canada. Appointees are as follows:

    Dr. Ron Ydenberg: Dr. Ydenberg was appointed jointly by the VPA and
Environment Canada and will chair the committee. He is Director of the Centre
for Wildlife Ecology, Department of Biological Sciences, at Simon Fraser
University and his research interests lie in behavioral ecology and the
application of behavioral ecology to conservation and other applied problems.
Dr. Ydenberg is also experienced with the application of programs similar to
the Adaptive Management Strategy for monitoring and managing ecosystems.

    Dr. Terri Sutherland: Dr. Sutherland is serving as the Environment Canada
appointment to the advisory committee. She is a research scientist with the
UBC-DFO Centre for Aquaculture and Environmental Research. Her research has
included work at Roberts Bank, such as a study on the sensitivity of Roberts
Bank to climate change and a Roberts Bank biodiversity study.

    Mr. Rowland Atkins: Mr. Atkins was appointed by the VPA. He is a coastal
and fluvial geomorphologist with extensive experience along the BC coast. Mr.
Atkins' experience in applied geomorphology studies includes work in areas of
particular interest at Roberts Bank, including sediment transport by waves and
tidal currents, channel stability, bank protection, and coastal erosion.

    The committee may consult with other independent scientists, engineers
and/or technical experts as needed and when such additional expertise is
required.
    The committee will meet at a frequency dictated by the Adaptive
Management Strategy monitoring and reporting schedule. The first quarterly
monitoring report will be provided to the committee in late spring 2007 and
the first annual report will be provided in spring 2008. The advice and
recommendations made by the committee will be incorporated into the program,
and the annual reports will be made available on the Deltaport Third Berth
Project section of the VPA's website at
www.portvancouver.com/the_port/deltaport.html
    The Deltaport Third Berth Expansion Project is an agreement between the
VPA and terminal operator TSI Terminal Systems Inc. (TSI), who will share the
capital cost of approximately $300 million CAD. The VPA will oversee marine
construction, habitat compensation, and long-term environmental monitoring
components while TSI will undertake yard construction and equipment
acquisition. The expansion will increase capacity at Deltaport by 50 per cent
by adding a third berth and 20 hectares of container storage facilities to the
existing terminal.

    The Port of Vancouver is Canada's Flagship Port, trading more than
$53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies annually. Port
activities generate 69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in Gross Domestic
Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.





For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Port Authority, (604) 665-9069
(office), (604) 665-9073 (fax), (778) 231-6978 (cellular),
anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com; For more information on any of these stories,
call 1-888 PORTVAN; Or, send an email to: public_affairs@portvancouver.com

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