BREAKING: Ships are travelling too fast through critical right whale habitat. A shocking 67 per cent of ships in the Cabot Strait from April 28 to June 15 did not comply with Transport Canada’s voluntary slow down and exceeded the 10-knot limit. Some vessels were even found travelling at 20 knots or faster, a speed at which a right whale has very little chance of surviving a ship strike. As a result of these findings and the recent death of a seven-month-old right whale calf due to ship strikes, the Cabot Strait slowdown must be mandatory. The time to act is now.
Only around 400 right whales remain. Without aggressive action now, this could be the first large whale to go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean in centuries.
Entanglements in fishing gear and collisions with ships are the leading causes of death – both of which are preventable.
The Canadian and U.S. governments must stand united in efforts to protect North Atlantic right whales from collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear.
Tell your federal government officials to take immediate action to protect North Atlantic right whales from extinction. Speak up now, before these iconic whales are gone forever.