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Announcement of additional measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale
Quebec – July 10, 2019
Fisheries and Oceans Canada – Quebec Region informs the fishing industry that on July 8, 2019, additional management measures were announced by Minister Marc Garneau, and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, announced further measures to protect these iconic creatures.
The purpose of the additional management measures is to better protect this species protected under the Species at Risk Act. These additional measures include slowing down more ships in areas, increasing the zones in which speed restrictions will apply, increasing aerial surveillance, and funding for initiatives to enhance marine mammal response.
To reduce the risk of entanglement in fishing gear, the government is also adjusting the protocol for temporary closure of fisheries. Now, if one or more right whales is observed anywhere in the Gulf of St. Lawrence (including around Anticosti Island, Cabot Strait as well as the Strait of Belle Isle), the area of the sighting will close for 15 days. The shallow waters protocol (less than 20 fathoms or 36.5 m) remains in force and is extended to the entire coastline.
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