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 / 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 / 07 / 13
Banc-des-Américains: A New Marine Protected Area
The governments of Quebec and Canada have announced the creation of a new jointly-managed marine protected area at the American Bank off the Gaspé Peninsula. Protecting the 1,000 km2 territory is a s...
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 / 03 / 11
An Elusive Species Faces Extinction
Researchers are sounding the alarm to prevent the imminent disappearance of the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale. “This mammal is at risk of being the first baleen whale to go extinct since th...
2018 / 01 / 24
New Fishery Management Measures in Effort to Curb Right Whale Mortality
Four new management measures for the snow crab fishery have been announced by Fisheries and Oceans Canada Minister Dominic LeBlanc with the aim of lowering the risk of entanglements for North Atlantic...
2018 / 01 / 15
Right Whale Mortalities 2017: Overview
The carcass of the third of the six dead right whales found in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in June has recently washed ashore in the Magdalen Islands...
2017 / 05 / 23
Quantifying the number of belugas in the St. Lawrence
Article by Robert Michaud Fisheries and Oceans Canada recently published the results of the most recent St. Lawrence beluga census, which was conducted in the summer of 2014. The abundance index, calc...