BREAKING: Vessels are travelling too fast through important right whale habitat. In 2020, two-thirds of vessels in the Cabot Strait did not comply with Transport Canada’s voluntary slowdown and exceeded the 10-knot limit. The Cabot Strait slowdown must be mandatory. The time to act is now.
At least 32 North Atlantic right whales have died between 2017 and 2020, 21 of them in busy Canadian waters. Of the ten right whales for which a cause of death could be determined, eight were due to vessel strikes.
Only around 360 right whales remain and, tragically, deaths are outpacing births. Without urgent action, this could be the first large whale species to go extinct in the Atlantic Ocean in centuries.
Entanglements in fishing gear and collisions with vessels 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 vessels 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.