[MARMAM] Underwater turbines and impacts on marine mammals

ngibbs at doc.govt.nz ngibbs at doc.govt.nz
Sun Jun 11 23:08:50 PDT 2006


Hi
We are assessing an application by an energy company that is proposing to
install underwater marine tidal turbines over an area of 219 sq kms in the
Cook Strait (passage of water between the north and south islands).  The
region that the turbines are proposed to be located is within an area that
humpbacks utilise while on their northern migration to winter breeding
grounds, and that southern right whales are likely to use in winter during
their breeding season. 
 
We are seeking information about the potential and actual effects that these
turbines may have on whales, as well as other marine fauna.
 
Could you please contact me if you have any information that may be useful
for our assessment.
 
Kind regards
 
Nadine Gibbs
Technical Support Officer - Freshwater & Marine
Department of Conservation
Wellington Conservancy
181 Thorndon Quay
PO Box 5086
Wellington, New Zealand
ph: ++64 4 472 5821
fax: ++64 4 499 0077
vpn: 8430
 

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