LEADING THE WAY IN MARINE ANIMAL RESPONSE AND RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION
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.