Collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear are two of the greatest threats for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales, Oceana said, launching a new campaign in the US and Canada to address these issues and protect these marine mammals.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, announced that Transport Canada is taking an important step in supporting the development of a new vessel design to decrease underwater noise, which will help in the recovery of Canada’s endangered, iconic whale populations.
A new model seeks to enable stakeholders to identify where endangered blue whales are most likely to be, so that ships can avoid hitting them. The research was published after relating the movements of more than 100 tagged blue whales to daily oceanographic conditions.
Scientists from the Benioff Ocean Initiative and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have created a a hydrophone (underwater microphone), in order to listen for whale traffic in the Santa Barbara Channel. With this technology, they aspire to prevent collisions between whales and boats.
Starting from 1st August and until 30 November 2019, the Panama Canal will implement speed limits aimed at protecting cetaceans, including whales, dolphins and other large aquatic mammals, during their nearby seasonal migration. As such, ships should proceed at a speed of not more than 10 knots in specified areas.
As part of its efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales, Canada announced further measures to protect these iconic creatures, from 9 July. These measures include slowing down more ships in areas, increasing speed restrictions zones, increasing aerial surveillance, and funding initiatives to enhance marine mammal response.
On 10 May 2019, the Government of Canada issued an Interim Order announcing a suite of new measures to be implemented this summer to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whales from vessel disturbance.
A joint project between Equinor Wind US, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution was launched, aiming to expand the detection and monitoring of whale species found in the waters of New York Bight.
Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District and its partners in an initiative to cut air pollution and protect endangered whales announced results from the 2018 program and recognized the 12 shipping companies that participated, reducing speeds to 10 knots or less in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Santa Barbara Channel region.
HM Coastguard was called into action after a 25ft humpback whale beached itself at Oban in Scotland, on 28 February. A multi-agency response was called for with Oban, Appin and Inveraray Coastguard Rescue Teams all sent along with Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.
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