OTTAWA, ONTARIO – The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC) released a report today titled “Incident Report: North Atlantic Right Whale Mortality Event in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, 2017,” which includes findings from necropsies performed this summer on six of the dead North Atlantic Right Whales. The CWHC report was prepared and released in partnership with the Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) following an unprecedented number of North Atlantic Right Whale mortalities this past summer.
The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, made the following statement regarding the escape of Atlantic salmon from an aquaculture facility in Washington State, near British Columbia.
“Canada's Arctic makes up over 40% of our landmass and is home to more than 100,000 Canadians. It is an essential part of our national identity and an area of growing importance internationally. Canada has focused its efforts on understanding the impact of climate change in the region. Acidification, warming temperature, and increased industrial activity pose risks to a unique and globally valuable environment. Arctic communities have been at the forefront of efforts to protect and conserve our oceans.
OTTAWA, ONTARIO – Today, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced the closure of Snow Crab Fishing Area 12 in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence. This decision was made in an effort to protect North Atlantic Right whales from risks posed by snow crab fishing gear in the area.
On Wednesday, July 5, Fisheries and Oceans Canada responded to an entangled North Atlantic Right whale off the east coast of New Brunswick, and successfully freed the whale. The whale was initially spotted by our partner, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).