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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 2018 / 09 / 17

    Opening of the Northwest Passage: Marine Mammals at Risk

    Par Aurélie Lagueux-Beloin / Beluga / Issues

    With Arctic shipping routes increasingly used by merchant shipping, an ice-free Arctic Ocean could put the resistance and adaptability of marine mammals to the test. Ship strikes and increased light a...

  • 2018 / 09 / 04

    Port developments on the Saguenay: Fisheries and Oceans Canada experts sceptical

    Par Marie-Ève Muller / Beluga / Issues

    Two marine terminal development projects could triple maritime traffic in the Saguenay and lead to a 10% increase in traffic in the remaining critical habitat of the St. Lawrence beluga. In July, the ...

  • 2018 / 08 / 28

    Whaling: Poised to fizzle out?

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    In early July, images of whaling sparked a controversy. Sea Shepherd is concerned that Icelandic whalers have slaughtered a blue whale, which is endangered and protected by an international moratorium...

  • 2018 / 08 / 22

    Whaling: Hunting in the 21st Century

    Par Béatrice Riché / Issues

    In early July, images of whaling sparked a controversy. Sea Shepherd is concerned that Icelandic whalers have slaughtered a blue whale, which is endangered and protected by an international moratorium...

  • 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...