Canada introduces new measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale

The Government of Canada announced further measures to protect the North Atlantic right whale, following the death of several whales in recent weeks.

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.

Specific additional measures include increasing surveillance conducted by both Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program and Fisheries and Oceans Canada to triple the number of overflights, expanding the current slowdown zone further east and expanding the application of the mandatory speed restrictions to any vessel over 13 metres long.

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