In 2012 and 2013, we established four technical advisory groups, comprised of local and international scientific and technical experts with specialized knowledge from regulatory agencies, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and consulting firms. The purpose of the groups was to improve the relevance, quality, rigour and completeness of studies and information submitted as part of the environmental impact statement.
Each group provided expert advice regarding one of four key environmental components in the Roberts Bank ecosystem, including:
- Biofilm and shorebirds
- Coast geomorphology
- Productive capacity
- Southern resident killer whales
Experts reviewed existing information and field study work plans, identified priority information needs and appropriate methods of impact assessment, and made recommendations to the port authority. Terms of reference were established for the technical advisory groups, and input received from group participants is summarized in several individual reports.