Fish­eries ‘very con­cerned’ over 10th right whale death

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. - Fed­eral Fish­eries of­fi­cials are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of yet an­other en­dan­gered North At­lantic right whale.

The depart­ment con­firmed Tues­day that a whale was found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence af­ter wash­ing ashore on the west coast of New­found­land.

In all, the car­casses of 10 of the large mam­mals have been found in the Gulf since June 7, con­cern­ing re­searchers who say there are only about 525 be­lieved to be alive.

Sci­en­tists are try­ing to iden­tify four of the whales that have re­cently been found in western New­found­land, but the depart­ment says two of them are not among the eight pre­vi­ously iden­ti­fied car­casses.

The depart­ment says the “un­prece­dented num­ber of right whale deaths is very con­cern­ing” and it is tak­ing steps to pro­tect the dwin­dling pop­u­la­tion. Those in­clude clos­ing the snow crab fish­ery to pre­vent gear en­tan­gle­ments, for ex­am­ple.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.