Fisheries and Oceans is responsible for assisting marine mammals and sea turtles in distress. In collaboration with conservation groups and non-governmental organizations, the Department supports marine mammal incident response networks in all regions under the umbrella of the Marine Mammal Response Program.
The Gulf Disentanglement Team was created following the initiative of the Association of Acadian Professional Fishermen (APPCA), with the collaboration of DFO and the Campobello Whale Rescue Team which is well known for their marine mammal disentanglement interventions in the Bay of Fundy.
Our disentanglement team will be physically and strategically located in Shippagan. They will perform whale rescue operations on North Atlantic right whales and other large marine mammal species in training with the Campobello Whale Rescue Team throughout the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Our boat to carry out the interventions is currently under construction, delivery is scheduled for early spring 2021. We expect to be fully operational as soon as we receive our boat.
July 10, 2017 Joe Howlett died after disentangling North Atlantic right whale No. 4123.