"North Atlantic right whales remain at risk, and we need to do everything we can to protect them from human threats. Over the last two years, Canada has proven humans and right whales can co-exist successfully. By working together, we can ensure these beautiful animals are protected while putting world-class, sustainable seafood on dinner tables in Canada and around the globe. Canada's right whale protection measures are here to stay."
The Honourable Joyce Murray
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“With only about 336 North Atlantic right whales remaining in the world, our Government is more than ever committed to protecting and supporting the recovery of this iconic species. This is why we continue to incorporate the most recent research and analysis into our vessel traffic management measures, which cover an area of more than 72,000 square kilometres, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Our government also relies on the efforts of the maritime and fishing industries to limit the risks of their activities on North Atlantic right whales.”
The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport
New in2021: a right whale will need to be visually or acoustically detected again in the closed area during days 9-15 of the closure before an extension is triggered.
Modified measures for 2022:
The suite of measures and initiatives in place in Atlantic Canada and Quebec remains focused on preventing vessel strikes and entanglement.
Acoustic detections of whales by hydrophones (underwater microphones), and visual sightings of right whales from vessels and aircraft, will trigger temporary and season-long fishing closures.
This map contains aerial, acoustic, and opportunistic data from a number of sources of survey groups in Atlantic Canada. It is updated every five minutes.
Right whales are constantly on the move. This map does not necessarily provide an accurate picture of all right whales in Atlantic Canada or their exact, present location. What the map does show are verified, reported sightings of right whales during the past 14 days.
The DFO right whale Science has expanded in recent years.
50+ people in DFO Science from Maritimes, Gulf, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and National regions and many working groups . National and international projects and collaborations
DFO Science will continue to work with collaborators on NARW focused research and monitoring efforts to support the recovery of North Atlantic right whales