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November 24, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada continues to take action to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. For the second year in a row, there have been no reported deaths of North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters. However, with recent estimates that only 336 North Atlantic right whales remain in the world, the Government of Canada continues to work with scientific experts, industry, Indigenous and non-Indigenous harvesters, environmental groups, and the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to protect and support the recovery of this species.
In 2021, the Government of Canada took the following measures:
The Government of Canada uses a variety of tools to monitor and detect North Atlantic right whales, such as aerial surveillance, at-sea surveillance, and underwater acoustic technologies. Fishery officers will continue to watch for North Atlantic right whales in our waters throughout the year through aerial surveillance. Given recent detections of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Transport Canada is asking mariners to remain vigilant and to continue, voluntarily, to maintain a maximum speed of 10 knots over ground whenever safe to do so.
In 2021, at least 120 individual North Atlantic right whales were identified in Canadian waters, representing approximately one third of the estimated global population.
“For the second year in a row, our measures have prevented any North Atlantic right whale deaths. This is largely thanks to the continued hard work and collaboration of harvesters, who have adapted practices in the interest of this iconic species. Working together, we’ll continue to protect and restore Canada’s marine mammals and the ecosystems they call home.”
The Honourable Joyce Murray Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Our Government’s coordinated efforts with our many partners has resulted in no known whale mortalities in Canadian waters in the last two years. I would like to thank the marine industry for helping protect this iconic species. Each year, we must remain vigilant and continue to adapt our measures to the best available science on how to protect these whales when they are in our waters.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra Minister of Transport
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans
and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Senior Communications Advisor and Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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