Hello. I’m Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard.
Our Pacific waters are home to the awe-inspiring Southern Resident killer whales.
But these iconic whales need our help.
The Government of Canada is doing its part through our world-leading Oceans Protection Plan and the newly launched Whales Initiative.
This plan includes many concrete measures like:
Implementing new rules to ensure boats stay at least 200 metres away from the whales, reducing the fishing of Chinook salmon so there is more food available, adding more fishery officers so that we have more capacity on the ground, investing in critical research so that we can learn more about these whales and their behaviours.
We are even working with the shipping industry to reduce the underwater noise caused by vessels, including those caused by BC Ferries.
And today we are taking more action.
We are proposing to protect two new areas of critical habitat on the Pacific coast to help these whales and their Northern resident cousins.
Let us know what you think, and have your say.
Protecting Canada’s species at risk is a responsibility shared by all of us.
Let us all work together to help these species survive and thrive for future generations.