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Significant action taken in 2020 to protect North Atlantic right whales in Canada 

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The Government of Canada is committed to the protection and recovery of the endangered North Atlantic right whale, while ensuring sustainable fisheries and navigational safety for mariners in Canada's oceans and waterways. For the past several years, North Atlantic right whales have been increasingly present in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and Canada has taken significant action to protect them from entanglements in fishing gear and vessel collisions.

The Government of Canada invests in Arctic sealift and re-supply operations and marks the fourth anniversary of the Oceans Protection Plan 

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Communities in Canada’s Arctic rely on marine sealift and re-supply services for food and important goods. Shipping in the Arctic can be challenging, given Northern communities are remote and the sealift and re-supply season is short. That is why the Government of Canada, through the Oceans Protection Plan, is making Arctic re-supply operations faster, safer, and more efficient for remote Northern communities.

Government of Canada announces agreement with Government of Yukon to support essential air access to remote communities 

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on remote communities that depend on small air carriers for essential goods, services, and for access in and out of the community. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the Government of Canada is working with partners, including provincial and territorial governments, Indigenous partners, and the air industry to address the unique needs of these communities.

Government of Canada announces contribution to a new Marine Acoustic Research Station in the St. Lawrence Estuary 

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Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau announced $2.5M through the Quiet Vessel Initiative to help establish and operate the world-class Marine Acoustic Research Station (MARS) in the St. Lawrence Estuary. The research station will be comprised of underwater hydrophones that are anchored to the sea bed, and connected to telecommunication buoys in the Laurentian Channel shipping corridor, near Rimouski, Quebec.

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