OTTAWA – August 11, 2017 – The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (CFHS) congratulates Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on its joint decision to impose a mandatory slowdown order on large ships in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to protect the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale from fatal ship strikes.
“This is a very important step in the protection of right whales,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of CFHS. “We know that 10 knots is the magical speed at which it is possible for whales to survive ship strikes, and it’s crucial that ships comply with this order while the federal government studies the situation and develops its response. We must not backslide in our protection of this endangered species, and the enforcement of this slowdown order by land and sea is definitely a step in the right direction.”
CFHS calls for the development and implementation of a comprehensive protection plan before the right whales return next summer. Canada worked hard to create the Right Whale Recovery Plan, and our federal government must take decisive action to protect this population before we again start seeing a downward trend in their numbers.
CFHS is available for comment on this issue.
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