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 / 12 / 13
New status for fin whales: on the road to recovery?
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
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...
2018 / 12 / 11
The Right Whale Tale: A Year-in-Review (2018)
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
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 ...
2018 / 11 / 19
It’s Now or Never for the Vaquitas
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
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
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
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
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?
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...