Issues

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.

  • La baleine noire nommée FDR, photographiée lors de son cinquième empêtrement, dans la Baie de Fundy, le 13 août 2016. Elle a été libérée cette journée-là par Joe Howlett et son équipe. © Campobello Whale Rescue Team 2018 / 07 / 23

    First Case of Right Whale Entanglement in 2018

    Par Anthony François / Issues

    July 13, 2018, 14:45, off the coast of New Brunswick’s Miscou Island, an aerial survey conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) observes a right whale dragging a r...

  • 2018 / 07 / 13

    Fishing Season Ends with No Reported Incidents Involving Right Whales

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Over the next few days, the lobster and snow crab seasons will end in most parts of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, if they haven’t already ended. Measures implemented to prevent right whale incidents...

  • Baleines noires de l'Atlantique Nord © Jean Lemire (archive) 2018 / 04 / 03

    Federal Government Announces New Protective Measures for Right Whales

    Par François Vachon / Issues

    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

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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...

  • © New England Aquarium Les chercheurs de Pêches et Océans, quant à eux, se penchent avec leurs collaborateurs sur les contaminants accumulés dans les tissus des rorquals et sur les causes de mortalités d’espèces en péril. Quant aux phoques, chaque carcasse est documentée dans le but d’identifier l’espèce, l’âge et si possible, la cause de mortalité la plus probable, une tâche. 2017 / 07 / 14

    Whale Alert App Now Available in French

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    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

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Discoveries / Issues

    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...