No re­ported right whale deaths

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS PROVINCE -

HALIFAX — Fed­eral of­fi­cials say there have been no re­ported deaths of en­dan­gered North At­lantic right whales in Cana­dian wa­ters this year, with dozens spot­ted amid strict fish­ing and ves­sel speed re­stric­tions. There were 12 whale deaths last year in Cana­dian wa­ters, half of those in June.

To date this year, the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans says aerial sur­veil­lance has de­tected at least 75 whales in the south­ern Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Jean Landry, DFO’s di­rec­tor of ma­rine mam­mal science, says that fig­ure likely un­der­es­ti­mates the to­tal num­ber in the area and other Cana­dian wa­ters.

DFO has tem­po­rar­ily closed 4,600 square kilo­me­tres of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and an­other 780 square kilo­me­tres in the Rose­way Basin off Nova Sco­tia’s south­ern coast to non-tended fixed gear fish­eries such as snow crab and lob­ster.

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