Establishment of Baseline Biological Data on Snow Crab (Chionoecetes opilio) Offshore Cape Breton for Future Assessment of Potential Impacts of Seismic Noise on Snow Crab

The study investigates the impact of sound energy generated by acoustic/seismic arrays on snow crabs. The purpose of this study was to provide baseline information about the inherent characteristics of snow crabs which in turn can be compared with effects observed during or after handling and seismic exposure. In addition to conducting new scientific analyses, the research was undertaken with greater input and collaboration from a broad group of stakeholders


Principal Investigators: Dr. Mikio Moriyasu, Dr. Ken Lee, and Dr. Simon Courtenay, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Dr. Andrea Battison, CrustiPath, Susan Belfry, University of New Brunswick, Dr. Gretchen Noyes-Hull, Gulf Aquarium and Marine Station Cooperative and Dr. Lindy Weilgart, Dalhousie University

April 2012 – February 2015