2019 fishery management measures

The Government of Canada is taking all necessary actions to help protect Canada's endangered whales. With an additional year of scientific analysis, fishing and marine transportation activity and feedback we now have more information available to inform our decision-making for 2019.

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North Atlantic right whales

The suite of measures and initiatives in place in Atlantic Canada and Quebec remains focused on preventing vessel strikes and entanglement. This includes:

Managing fisheries

Season-long closure area in Atlantic Canada and Quebec

Temporary closure areas in Atlantic Canada and Quebec when right whales are present

Provisions for waters shallower than 20 fathoms

Effective tracking of rope and buoys

Mandatory reporting for lost gear

Mandatory reporting of interactions between vessels or fishing gear and marine mammals

Exploring new fishing technologies and methods

Continued monitoring and reporting

Combatting marine litter: Ghost gear

As part of our ongoing efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, we’ve been working to retrieve lost fishing gear, known as ghost gear, from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We’ve also been working with industry on an ongoing basis to encourage fish harvesters to undertake ghost gear removal initiatives in conjunction with our fishery officers. We are also working to expand current mandatory reporting requirements for lost gear to more fisheries.

Southern Resident killer whales

To protect Southern Resident killer whales, fishery management measures have been put in place in British Columbia, including:

These conservation reductions will help restore Chinook populations, which have dramatically decreased in recent years, and enhance the availability of Chinook for Southern Resident killer whales to eat.