New investments in science initiatives to support whale protection efforts


 

New investments in science initiatives to support whale protection efforts

 

July 26, 2019

Global Korean Post

Canada has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, and our oceans are home to marine life of many kinds. Some of our remarkable marine mammals, including the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga, North Atlantic Right Whale and Southern Resident Killer Whale, continue to face significant challenges from shipping traffic, underwater noise, marine contaminants, entanglements in fishing gear and other environmental threats.

 

The Government of Canada is committed to the conservation and recovery of these endangered whales.

 

To help achieve these important goals, the Government of Canada is investing nearly $3 million for 12 new whale science initiatives, through various government funding programs, including Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan and the Whales Initiative.

 

These whale science initiatives aim to support the conservation and recovery of endangered marine mammals through:

  • upgrading field research equipment used to gather and analyze critical data to support protective measures;
  • developing new tools and technologies to help detect whales in near real-time, such as  a vessel-based infrared camera that detects whale blows;
  • the continued development and testing of systems to alert mariners and large commercial vessel operators of nearby whales;
  • creating a real-time movement forecast tool to help predict the direction of whale movements;
  • new research tools to manage and analyze underwater noise data to help determine measures to reduce the impact on marine mammals; and
  • expanding acoustic surveillance and monitoring to collect near real-time data on the presence of whales and better understand the impact of underwater noise on whales.

The projects supported by these investments will help us better understand the threats facing marine mammals, including the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga, North Atlantic Right Whale and the Southern Resident Killer Whale, and ensure we make the right decisions to protect these extraordinary species and their sensitive marine environment.

 

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