February 7, 2019:
Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced their 2019 management measures to reduce risk to North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters.
In 2017, 17 right whales were found dead, 12 of them in a span of just three months in Atlantic Canada. Investigations into those deaths revealed the leading causes to be entanglements in fishing gear and vessel strikes. In response to these unprecedented mortalities, DFO enacted emergency measures to reduce the risk to right whales in Canadian waters, including fishery closures in key foraging habitat, mandatory speed zones for vessels, and dynamic closures in additional areas when right whales were sighted.
With no observed mortalities in Canadian waters in 2018, the measures appeared to be effective for the Gulf of St. Lawrence. However, three dead right whales were found in the US, all with signs of entanglement, and one positively identified as Canadian snow
Original Title: Canada announces 2019 plans to protect North Atlantic right whales
Full Text of the Original Article: https://us.whales.org/2019/02/08/canada-announces-2019-plans-to-protect-north-atlantic-right-whales/