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Protecting whales

Actions to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

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Cetaceans - Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises

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Working with our partners

Collaborating with other governments, groups who have expertise in marine mammals and species at risk, and others to prevent future incidents.


Science informs our action to protect whales.

Watching marine wildlife

Guidelines and best practices for observing marine animals in your region.

Protecting whales from vessel collisions

Taking action to better protect whales in our waters and address impacts from human activities.

Ghost gear

The problem with ghost fishing gear and what we are doing about it.

When marine mammals are trapped by ice

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to the welfare of marine mammals.

Whale protection initiative

Purpose and expected outcomes of our initiative for protecting whales by understanding their marine environment.

Whalesafe gear adoption fund

Supporting the transition to whalesafe gear by 2023

North Atlantic right whale

On alert for whales

We are actively looking for right whales

Fisheries management measures in the Atlantic

Measures and initiatives in place to protect right whales.

Fishing closures for North Atlantic right whale protection

Notices for the opening and closing of grids in the Atlantic.

Infographic: Protecting North Atlantic right whales

Whales can be injured or killed when they become entangled in fishing gear.

North Atlantic right whale monitoring and surveillance activities

Activities to monitor and detect right whales in Canadian waters.

Southern Resident killer whale

Management measures in the Pacific

Measures and initiatives in place to protect killer whales.

eBook - Protecting Southern Resident Killer Whales

How the Government of Canada is taking action to help this iconic species


Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

We are working with partners to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

Protecting killer whales

Protecting killer whales

How Canada is taking action to help southern resident killer whales.

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