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Canada continues strong measures to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales

OTTAWA, ON, March 31, 2023 /CNW/ - Maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems and protecting biodiversity are top priorities for the Government of Canada. That is why the government is committed to protecting endangered species like the North Atlantic right whale, and the marine environment in which they live. Our efforts to protect this iconic species also help ensure Canadian fisheries are sustainable for Indigenous Peoples, the fishing industry and coastal communities. In 2023 and into the future, Canada will apply its world-class and adaptive management measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale from fishing gear entanglements and vessel collisions, which threaten the recovery of the species.

Today, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, and the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, announced the fishery and vessel management measures for the 2023 season.

Canada is also committed to becoming a world-leader on whalesafe fishing gear practices. This year, DFO will develop a long-term strategy for testing and implementing whalesafe fishing gear in Canadian fisheries. This strategy, to be developed in consultation with Indigenous partners, fish harvesters, non-government organizations and academic experts, will guide the development and use of on-demand gear and low breaking strength gear in fisheries across Canada to prevent and reduce entanglements. In the short term, DFO will work with partners to test whalesafe fishing gear in diverse fishing conditions.

Canada's whale protection measures are adaptive and will evolve based on science and feedback from partners and stakeholders. This approach is showing positive results, and with the support of our partners, we can ensure that North Atlantic right whales have the best chance to recover.


"We must act quickly to protect the threatened North Atlantic right whale. With targeted fishing area closures, increased monitoring, and our commitment to the long-term adoption of whalesafe gear in our fisheries, Canada is leading the way with measures that give this endangered species the best chance at survival. Canadian harvesters and our other partners are working especially hard to protect this iconic species while making sure Canadian fisheries can meet the growing demand for high-quality and sustainably sourced seafood."

The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

"Through the implementation of traffic management measures on over 72,000 square kilometres in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, our Government is committed to safeguarding the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters. The measures announced today and the ongoing detection efforts, with acoustic and aerial technologies, also support the conservation of marine life and the safe and efficient movement of people and goods."

The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) Canada

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