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...
2017 / 06 / 01
Vaquita Could Disappear within a Year
On September 26, 2018, scientists aboard the Narval spotted a pair of vaquitas: one of the individuals was much smaller in size and was swimming within one body length of the other. It was a calf! The...
2017 / 05 / 11
Summer closure of fisheries: a potential solution for protecting right whales?
To ensure the survival of the North Atlantic right whale, should we mitigate the risk of entanglements with fishing equipment? This is what is being suggested by researchers from the Canadian Wildlife...
2017 / 02 / 13
US Standards to Reduce Global Bycatch?
Since January 1, 2017, the United States has adopted a new seafood import regulation: foreign fisheries wishing to export to the United States will have to protect marine mammals according to standard...
2017 / 02 / 03
Which cetacean is most at risk of extinction?
According to the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it would be the vaquita. At the present time, there are fewer than 40 individuals, all of which are extremely at...
2015 / 12 / 18
Entangled Right Whale: an Extra Weight to Tow
Over 75% of North Atlantic right whales show injuries or scars caused by fishing gear. A study conducted by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently specifically addressed the issue of the ex...
2015 / 12 / 11
Sperm Whales Robbing Fishermen of Their Catch
Sablefish fishermen in the Gulf of Alaska face a major competitor to their operations: male sperm whales. The latter come and steal their catch directly from the fishing gear. Fishermen and scientists...
2015 / 07 / 03
Calculations that Could Help Save Whales Entangled in Fishing Gear
According to a recent study, researchers examined whale skeletons and carcasses of all sizes to obtain measurements of their body parts. With these data and calculation models, they now have an idea o...