DFO and Dalhousie University launch interactive map to help protect North Atlantic right whales (Newswire)

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The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, announced a new interactive mapping tool that displays the recent known locations of the whales as they travel in Canadian waters. The map displays near real-time whale detection information provided by various partners who contribute airborne, vessel and acoustic glider detections of the North Atlantic right whale.  By providing this information on the web, partners will be better able to work together and ocean industries and members of the public will have rapid access to the most comprehensive information available.

Quick facts

  • In 2017, 12 North Atlantic right whales died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The global population is approximately 450 with only roughly 100 females of breeding age.
  • Surveillance efforts will help inform decisions on measures specific to the shipping and fishing industries to help protect North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
  • DFO is currently working with both Canadian and international experts in reviewing various whale detection technologies, including acoustic buoys and gliders, which can detect and identify right whales and other whale species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and elsewhere.

The Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response network’s whale monitoring platform, the Whales, Habitat and Listening Experiment (WHaLE), is supported by OTN expertise and monitoring (glider) infrastructure.

Read the full news release
Dal News (6 June 2018)

Other resources:

Whale map

CTV Atlantic interview with OTN investigator Dr. Chris Taggart

Nova Scotia shortlisted as potential site for world’s first whale sanctuary

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