Underwater equipment still missing

  • Mar. 30, 2007 6:00 p.m.

Scientific equipment used to measure ambient noise in south Hecate Strait is still missing, despite a reward for its return.
Melanie Austin, a Master’s student at the University of Victoria, said the equipment was anchored to the sea floor in December. Three months later when her team came back to collect the canisters and cylinders attached to a stainless metal frame, the equipment was not found.
Her goal was to measure background noise levels from boats, marine mammals and whatever else makes noise under the sea, but now she’d just be happy to get the equipment back.
She received one call from someone who thought they’d found it, after she placed an ad in the Observer at the beginning of March, but it turned out to be a false alarm.
She is now hoping researchers in the area this summer doing seafloor mapping may be able to scan for the equipment too.
Two 2-foot high black aluminium pressure canisters, seven 1-foot diameter, white deep trawl floats, one 33-inch long yellow PVC cylinder, all attached to a stainless steel frame were anchored at 52°24’43.8″N, 130°47’54.06″W.
A $2,000 reward is offered. Ms Austin can be contacted at 250-483-3300.