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The Canadian government has implemented a temporary mandatory slow down for vessels of 20 meters or more in length in an effort to prevent further whale deaths in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The slowdown takes effect immediately. As informed, ships are required to reduce speed to a maximum of 10 knots when traveling in the western Gulf of St.Lawrence from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island.

“The recent deaths of several North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence are extremely concerning… Our government has already taken action and will continue to ensure that measures are in place for the protection of this species and the safety of mariners using these waters,” a statement issued by Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport,Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian CoastGuard, says.

“We also need to understand why ship strikes and fishing gear entanglement have contributed to the sharp spike in whales deaths this year, with at least 12 having perished from a population estimated to number only about 500.

Posted Aug. 11.

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