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Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Ships ignore voluntary speed limit set to protect endangered whales: report

A conservation group is calling on the federal government to extend mandatory maritime speed limits designed to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales off Canada’s Atlantic coast after analysis of vessel traffic data showed that most captains ignore the »

Environment & Animal Life

Endangered North Atlantic right whales return to Canadian waters

The sighting of two North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters over the weekend has triggered fishery closures in Atlantic Canada designed to protect the endangered marine mammals from potentially deadly entanglements in fishing gear. The pair of right whales »

Speed limits on commercial shipping have been re-imposed in the Gulf of St Lawrence after two endangered right whales were spotted this week

Environment & Animal Life

Transport Canada fines ship for exceeding whale safety speed limit

Transport Canada has issued a $6,000 fine to a vessel that allegedly breached mandatory speed limits introduced by the federal government in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, Transport Minister Marc Garneau »

Environment & Animal Life

6th North Atlantic right whale found dead

A sixth dead North Atlantic right whale has been discovered in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this year, Fisheries and Oceans Canada said Thursday evening, less than a day after the federal government announced heightened measures to protect the highly endangered »

Environment & Animal Life

2 more dead right whales spotted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Officials with Fisheries and Oceans Canada say two more endangered North Atlantic right whales have been found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The whales were found near the Acadian Peninsula, New Brunswick and west of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec, officials »

Environment & Animal Life

Deaths of endangered North Atlantic right whales driven by manmade causes, says study

The majority of North Atlantic whales found dead off the coast of eastern Canada and the United States over the last decade and a half died as a result of human-induced trauma, according to a new paper that looked at »

Environment & Animal Life

Dead right whale known as ‘Wolverine’, had survived ship strike, entanglements

Researchers at the New England Aquarium have identified the dead right whale found in Canada’s Gulf of St. Lawrence as a nine-year-old male named Wolverine. The young whale was sighted Tuesday during an aerial surveillance flight by researchers from the »

Environment & Animal Life

Ottawa drops vessel speed limit requirement meant to protect endangered right whales

The federal government has lifted the mandatory speed limit for large vessels going through the Gulf of St. Lawrence, saying there have been no recent sightings of the endangered North Atlantic right whales the slowdown in marine traffic was intended »

Environment & Animal Life, Internet, Science & Technology

Entangled North Atlantic right whales endure ‘sky-high’ stress levels: study

The endangered North Atlantic right whales trapped in prolonged entanglements in fishing gear exhibit “sky-high hormone levels,” indicating stress from extreme physical trauma, according to a new study. The study published this week in Endangered Species Research, has been the result »

Environment & Animal Life, Society

Ottawa issues 3 more fines for speed limit violations in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Transport Canada has fined three more vessels for allegedly going faster than the speed limit imposed by Ottawa in August in the busy shipping lanes of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales, federal officials »