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Government of Canada unveils 2020 North Atlantic right whales protection measures

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is an iconic marine mammal, but with roughly 400 left in the world, the Government of Canada is doing its part to ensure its protection, conservation, and recovery.

The endangered North Atlantic right whale is an iconic marine mammal, but with roughly 400 left in the world, the Government of Canada is doing its part to ensure its protection, conservation, and recovery.

Over the past several years, Canada has put in place comprehensive measures to help protect this species from interactions with fishing gear and vessels. Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, along with the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced the  enhanced 2020 measures that will help reduce the risks to North Atlantic right whales during the 2020 season from April to November.

To help prevent entanglements with fishing gear, Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

  • will implement new season-long fishing closures in areas where whales are aggregating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence;
  • expand temporary fishing closure areas into the Bay of Fundy;
  • impose new gear marking requirements; and,
  • work with the fishing industry on implementing other gear modifications to be phased in starting in 2021.

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