Two Green Marine members join forces for the better knowledge of whales. Groupe Desgagnés is engaging in a data collection program on cetaceans led by the “Réseau d’observation de mammifères marins” (ROMM).In 2015, crew members of 18 of the 20 vessels of Desgagnés’ fleet will collect data on whales they will encounter in Quebec, eastern and northern Canada’s salt waters. They will enrich the database collected since 1998 by the twenty ROMM observers.
Since 1998, Jean-Charles Leblanc, 2nd Mate onboard the M/V Bella Desgagnés has been involved with the ROMM to gather data while traveling the Lower North Shore. This year, Groupe Desgagnés decided to involve its entire Canadian fleet in this project in order to increase knowledge of whales locations often inaccessible to research Programs.
The ROMM states that the more whale sightings data on key commercial waterways will be abundant, the more it will be possible to develop protective measures well adapted to reality, particularly by better understanding the collision risk factors.
Picture: The Claude A. Desgagnés vessel