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Statement by Ministers LeBlanc and Garneau on report released on this summer's North Atlantic Right Whale deaths

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

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.

Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Incident in Washington State

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

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.

World Oceans Day Celebration in Canada's Arctic

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

“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.

Entangled North Atlantic Right Whale Freed East of New Brunswick

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

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).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and partners conduct three necropsies in three days on North Atlantic Right Whales

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK – Over the weekend, Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and its partners performed necropsies on three of the whales found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. In a complex operation, approximately 30 people assisted with the necropsies, including DFO experts, the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative-Atlantic Veterinary College, the Université de Montréal, the Marine Animal Response Society, the University of North Carolina Wilmington, the Marine Mammal Commission, the NB Museum, Dalhousie University, and the provincial governments of Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island (PEI).

Fisheries and Oceans Canada Continues to Investigate Recent Right Whale Deaths

| Fisheries and Oceans Canada | statements

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is working with fishery officers, marine mammal scientists, veterinary pathologists, as well as marine animal response networks and organizations to determine what has caused the recent deaths of at least six rare North Atlantic Right whales in eastern Canada.

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