LEAD­ING THE WAY IN MARINE AN­I­MAL RE­SPONSE AND RIGHT WHALE PRO­TEC­TION

Canadian Wildlife - - OUTDOORS -

CWF is a na­tional leader on marine an­i­mal re­sponse and right whale pro­tec­tion. CWF ne­go­ti­ated a per­ma­nent in­crease in fund­ing from De­part­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans (DFO) for marine mam­mal re­sponse on both coasts from $250,000 to $1,000,000. This is on top of an in­vest­ment in in­ter­nal DFO ca­pac­ity of $11,000,000 over five years plus ca­pac­ity build­ing funds for ex­ter­nal part­ners of $5,000,000. CWF con­tin­ues to be the na­tional co­or­di­na­tor of the Cana­dian

Marine An­i­mal Re­sponse Al­liance (CMARA). In 2017 alone, its re­gional part­ners re­sponded to over 800 marine an­i­mal in­ci­dents. CWF is also lead­ing re­search and ad­vo­cacy to re­duce the mor­tal­ity of North At­lantic Right Whales. As a re­sult of our re­search, we called for an im­me­di­ate 30 per cent re­duc­tion in risk of right whale en­tan­gle­ment by re­strict­ing sea­sonal fish­ing in the Grand Manan Basin (Bay of Fundy, NB) and the Rose­way Basin

(Sco­tian Shelf, NS) be­tween July and Oc­to­ber. These find­ings helped guide gov­ern­ment re­sponse to the tragic loss of right whales in 2017, which in­cluded speed re­duc­tions for ves­sels in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and tem­po­rary clo­sures of crab and lob­ster fish­eries.

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