The Government of Canada has announced the enhanced 2020 measures that will help reduce the risks to North Atlantic right whales during the 2020 season from April to November.
In addition to measures to prevent entanglements with fishing gear, to help prevent whale collisions with vessels, Transport Canada will:
New measures also include two seasonal management areas:
All measures apply to vessels longer than 13 metres.
North Atlantic right whales are unpredictable in Canadian waters. Consultation with the science community, fishing and marine industries, Indigenous peoples, and non-governmental environmental organizations has been necessary and invaluable. Their experience and expertise has informed the development of the Government’s measures.
Click here to view the 2020 measures.