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.

  • 2019 / 06 / 19

    Right Whale: What is happening in 2019

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    Reference tools Interactive map of North Atlantic right whale sightings in Canadian waters: WhaleMap and On alert for whales NOAA right whale sighting advisory system NOAA Speed reduction measures...

  • 2019 / 05 / 10

    Complex Rescue Operation for Whales Captured in Russia

    Par Jeanne Picher-Labrie / Issues

    Since November 2018, 87 belugas and 11 killer whales have been illegally held captive in a “whale prison” off Nakhodka in the Russian Far East. The publication of images of the whales confined in ...

  • 2019 / 02 / 21

    A Seventh Calf, But Not a Baby Boom

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    Since the beginning of the right whale calving season, 7 newborns have been observed. Although the announcement of a seventh birth is encouraging, it is unfortunately still premature to talk about a b...

  • La population mondiale de rorquals communs serait en train de se rétablir, selon l’Union internationale pour la conservation de la nature (UICN). Toutefois, la population visitant le Saint-Laurent n’est peut-être pas tirée d’affaire//The global fin whale population is believed to be recovering, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). However, the population visiting the St. Lawrence may not be out of the woods just yet. © GREMM 2018 / 12 / 13

    New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Issues

    Fin whales may not be the largest of the whales, but they are certainly one of the fastest! This advantage long allowed them to escape the whaler’s harpoon, at least until the 20th century when whal...

  • 2018 / 12 / 11

    Right Whales: the Situation in 2018

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / En péril-en / Issues

    2017 was a grim year for the North Atlantic right whales. The deaths of 18 right whales created a shock wave in Canada and the United States. What will 2018 be for the right whales? Measures to reduc...

  • Kleenex (#1142) is an adult female right whale that has been entangled for the last three years. Her condition is deteriorating, as all disentanglement efforts so far have proven unsuccessful due to lack of trailing gear. © Center for Coastal Studies, NOAA permit #18786 2018 / 12 / 11

    The Right Whale Tale: A Year-in-Review (2018)

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Issues

    Once believed to be the “right” whales to hunt, the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) population has been plummeting for at least the last eight years. The latest estimat...

  • 2018 / 12 / 05

    North Atlantic Right Whales: Strong Presence Continues in 2018

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Issues

    The southeastern Gulf of St. Lawrence was home to nearly half of the North Atlantic right whale population this summer, i.e. about 190 individuals. This estimate was obtained using aerial surveys and ...

  • Il reste moins de 30 vaquitas dans le monde//Fewer than 30 critically endangered vaquitas remain in the world now. © Paula Olson, NOAA 2018 / 11 / 19

    It’s Now or Never for the Vaquitas

    Par Jasspreet Sahib / Issues

    Latest sightings of calves bring a new hope for the cetacean that is face-to-face with extinction: the vaquita (Phocoena sinus). With less than 30 remaining individuals, collaborative conservation eff...

  • 2018 / 10 / 25

    Belugas in Aquariums: a Brief History

    Par Béatrice Riché / Beluga / Issues

    Follow us on a journey that will take you from the St. Lawrence to Vancouver via Russia, New York and Ottawa, to understand our history with belugas in aquariums. St. Lawrence: source of the first cap...

  • 2018 / 10 / 09

    Protecting species at risk: “Ottawa not doing enough,” says Environment Commissioner

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Issues

    Delays in the development of action plans, lack of resources, lack of support to partner organizations, neglect that has likely aggravated the situation of endangered species: these are the critical f...