The whales of the St. Lawrence and elsewhere in the world face all sorts of issues, some of which are concerning for the long-term survival of their populations. Here is a selection of articles covering these issues.
2018 / 04 / 03
Federal Government Announces New Protective Measures for Right Whales
The year 2017 was a particularly grim year for right whales. A total of 17 carcasses were discovered in the North Atlantic. Of these, 12 were found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence – some animals had suc...
2018 / 01 / 29
Stopping the Flow of Plastics into the Ocean
Last week, the European Commission unveiled its strategy for reducing the amount of plastic waste landfilled and discharged into the sea. Its goal is for all packaging to be reusable or recyclable by ...
2017 / 12 / 06
Drilling near the St. Lawrence: a threat to marine mammals?
Between now and Christmas, the Government of Quebec is hoping to put into place a regulatory framework for hydrocarbon exploitation in Quebec. Draft regulations for the implementation of the Petroleum...
2017 / 10 / 12
Underwater Mines: Biologists Concerned
Japan announced last week that it had successfully extracted zinc, gold, copper and lead from the seabed along the coast of Okinawa. Several other countries and private companies are also preparing to...
2017 / 09 / 04
Reduced speed limits for ships: an effective measure for protecting whales?
In order to protect North Atlantic right whales, the Canadian government has temporarily reduced speed limits for large vessels in parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and its Estuary since August 11. Is...
2017 / 07 / 28
Whales in the nets
As evidenced by the news in the past few weeks, when whales get entangled in fishing gear, there can be serious consequences for the whales themselves, as well as for those who attempt to free them. T...
2017 / 07 / 14
Whale Alert App Now Available in French
Whale Alert, an application developed to reduce the risk of collisions between ships and whales, is now available in French. This application allows those navigating Canadian and US waters of the Atla...
2017 / 06 / 14
Banned Flame Retardants Still Present in St. Lawrence Belugas
Despite the measures that have been put into place in Canada since 2006 to reduce the concentrations of certain flame retardants (polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs) in the environment, these co...
2017 / 06 / 01
Vaquita Could Disappear within a Year
The world’s smallest cetacean, the Gulf of California porpoise, or vaquita, could become extinct in 2018, according to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report released on May 15. WWF is calling on th...
2017 / 05 / 25
Blue Whale Feeding Disturbed by Nearby Watercraft
According to a recent study, vessels within 400 metres of a blue whale disrupt the latter's ability to feed...