At the port authority, the health and safety of our employees, customers, operators, stakeholders, and Indigenous groups is our top priority. In response to COVID-19, we are ensuring all of our field study crews remain safe by traveling to the site in separate vehicles, maintaining a six-foot distance from one-another, and carrying hand sanitizer at all times.
As part of our ongoing field work at Roberts Bank, we continue to work alongside Indigenous groups on a number of programs. The proposed 2020 fieldwork plans are being shared with groups so that we can gather feedback on the design and implementation of the various studies.
Examples of this collaborative integration can be found in the Eulachon Pilot Study which commenced in March 2020. Indigenous groups use eulachon, a small silver-coloured fish from the smelt family, for food, social and ceremonial purposes.
By working with Indigenous groups, our technical team revised the start date of the study to ensure that we captured the eulachon timing window accurately. We are coordinating a review process so that Indigenous groups can share traditional knowledge and ground truth the study analysis.
This cooperative work is important to support the development of the project’s environmental management plan, which outlines our environmental protection and mitigation measures.
Due to the quickly-evolving nature of COVID-19, planned fieldwork may be subject to change. All of our field studies notices are posted to our field studies page and distributed through our project newsletter, which you can sign up for here if you haven’t already.