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Government of Canada announces protection measures for Southern Resident killer whales

OTTAWA, ON, April 26, 2023 /CNW/ - Southern Resident killer whales are icons of Canada's Pacific coast, and culturally significant to Indigenous Peoples and coastal communities in British Columbia. The Government of Canada continues to take strong action to protect and restore their population. For the fifth consecutive year, Canada is implementing measures to protect these whales.

Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Joyce Murray, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, announced measures to protect Southern Resident killer whales on the west coast.

The 2023 measures include:  

The effective protection and recovery of the Southern Resident killer whale requires long-term, collective commitment from the Government of Canada and other partners. The federal government will continue to work with partners, stakeholders, and marine and tourism industry to further our efforts to help protect Southern Resident killer whales and help their population recover.


"It is imperative that we continue our efforts to ensure a quieter, safer environment for this iconic, vulnerable species. That's why, for the fifth straight year, we are putting in place protective measures to help protect Southern Resident killer whales. Our Government continues to take concrete action to help protect our vulnerable and endangered marine mammal species."

The Honourable Omar Alghabra
Minister of Transport

"The oceans are home to amazing wildlife, like Southern Resident killer whales, which are not only a symbol of the Pacific coast of Canada but also have cultural significance for coastal communities and Indigenous Peoples. The measures we are implementing in 2023 demonstrate Canada's commitment to protect these remarkable marine mammals and preserve their cultural and ecological significance."

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

"We continue our work to identify and evaluate sources of contaminants in the environment affecting whales directly or through their prey. The recent updates to our Pollutants Affecting Whales and their Prey Inventory Tool will help us model impacts of additional mitigation measures and controls. These are necessary in our long-term and sustained effort to protect the iconic and culturally significant Southern Resident killer whale."

The Honourable Steven Guilbeault
 Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada

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