Coast guard ship fined for vi­o­lat­ing speed lim­its in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Times Colonist - - B.C./Canada - — CP

OT­TAWA — A Cana­dian Coast Guard ves­sel has been fined $6,000 for speed­ing in vi­o­la­tion of mea­sures aimed at pro­tect­ing North At­lantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Trans­port Canada said the coast guard ship breached the 10-knot speed limit in the west­ern gulf, which ap­plies to ves­sels of more than 20 me­tres.

The penalty is the third of its kind since the speed re­stric­tions were an­nounced in Au­gust as part of an ef­fort to pre­vent fur­ther right whale deaths in the gulf. In each case, ves­sel own­ers have been asked to ei­ther pay the fine or ask for a re­view within 30 days.

Eleven right whales have died in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since June, an un­prece­dented num­ber of deaths for the en­dan­gered marine mam­mal. The most re­cent car­cass was lo­cated off the coast of New Brunswick on Fri­day.

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