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Marine Mammal Response Program: Annual Report 2019-20

Marine Mammal Response Program: Annual Report 2019-20

Marine Mammal Response Program: Annual Report 2019-20 (PDF, 455 KB)

Overview

Between April 2019 and March 2020, there were a total of 1,331 reported incidents involving over 1,854 animals. Of the total number of incidents reported there were 1,074 responses. Of the total number of incidents reported, 454 were incidents involving Species At Risk (SARA). (Several incidents were listed as an unidentifiable species; therefore, the number of incidents involving SARA species could be higher). Responses occurred for 399 of the 454 incidents reported involving SARA species. There are multiple reasons why a response to a report many not be required or may not be possible, e.g. duplicate reports of the same incident, no option for safe response, etc.

The types of incidents included: entanglements, close vessel approaches, harassment, collisions, live strandings, injured/sick, sightings/free swimming, dead (beached and floating), distressed, shootings, and animals interacting with the public.

The types of responses included: freeing entangled whales and pinnipeds, collecting samples and performing necropsies on dead animals, reuniting stranded animals with their pods, responding to harassment calls, refloating live beached animals, monitoring sick animals, monitoring close approaches by vessels, and warming cold stunned sea turtles.

Of all the incidents reported and responded to, a few have been highlighted by our partners:

Incident Numbers by Region

Please Note:

Often, incidents reported are for sightings of animals (no response required but information is collected) and/or are repeat reports for the same incident (each call that comes in is recorded to show the level of activity of the hotlines), which is why the number of responses is different from the number of reports received.

Pacific: There were a total of 714 incidents reported and 714 responses performed. Of those, 333 were for SARA listed species.

Quebec: There were a total of 282 incidents reported and 182 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 31 were for SARA listed species.

Gulf: There were a total of 105 incidents reported and 51 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 11 were for SARA listed species

Maritimes: There were a total of 152 incidents reported and 60 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 3 were for SARA listed species.

Newfoundland & Labrador: There were a total of 78 incidents reported and 67 responses performed. Of the responses performed, 21 were for SARA listed species.

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