Canada orders vessels to reduce speed in Gulf of St Lawrence to save...

Canada orders vessels to reduce speed in Gulf of St Lawrence to save whales

THE Canadian government has ordered that vessels 20 metres long or more to temporarily reduce their speed to a maximum of 10 knots when travelling in the western Gulf of St Lawrence from the Quebec north shore to just north of Prince Edward Island, to prevent further deaths of endangered whales in the area. The move takes immediate effect.

20 August 2017 - 20:00 - Update: 21 August 2017 - 00:51

If they fail to do so, they face a fine of US$19,600.

Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau and Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc said in a statement that North Atlantic right whales have been increasingly present in the Gulf of St Lawrence in recent years. They described the recent deaths of several North Atlantic right whales in the gulf as being "extremely concerning".

"Our government has already taken action and will continue to ensure that measures are in place for the protection of this species and the safety of mariners using these waters," said the joint ministerial statement.

"Transport Canada inspectors, with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard's Marine Communications and Traffic Services, will enforce this measure until the whales have migrated from the areas of concern," the statement continued.







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  • Rose Writes
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    I highly suspect two things: 1) Zika, West Nile, or St. Louis encephalitis (whales have been documented to suffer the latter two). All three viruses share the same phylogenetic clade; Zika with > 97 percent support. 2) About 1/3 of Ca***us finmarchicus (Cal fin) has been unnaturally infected via Wolbachia-infected Aedes for ~ 5 years. North At***tic right whales consume massive quantities of Cal fin as you know. And krill also comprises Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (both are also Zika vectors). I spell out clearly which tests desperately need to be conducted on North At***tic right whales (including a newer, safer, more reliable method for extracting eye fluids): And my reference-based article (with 14 citations):***tic_Right_Whales_for_WNV_SLEV_ZIKA_and_Wolbachia
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