Marc Garneau

Your member of parliament for


Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount

Marc Garneau

Your member of parliament for


Notre-Dame-de-Grâce-Westmount

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Supplementary measures to protect Canada’s whales

Considered the longest coastline in the world, Canada’s waters are home to a number
of endangered whale populations, including the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whale.
Our government is taking immediate and concrete action to help these whale
populations recover.

Since 2018, we’ve announced several measures to ensure the protection and recovery
of endangered whale populations, including deploying a hydrophone at Boundary Pass
in the Salish Sea in British Columbia, which is critical habitat of the Southern Resident
Killer Whale. This state-of-the-art underwater listening station will facilitate the
protection of the Southern Resident Killer Whale and other whale populations by
improving the effectiveness of underwater noise reduction measures. These measures
also include new marine environment response equipment to recover marine pollution
spills and reduce the potential impact to shorelines and our other natural resources.

On May 10th, 2019, we announced further enhanced measures to support the recovery
of the Southern Resident Killer Whale, which build upon our existing measures. Our
government recognizes that the Southern Resident Killer Whale population is at risk:
comprised of just 75 individuals, the small population is in decline while also being
exposed to a number of serious threats. The new measures are focused on addressing
three key threats: limited prey availability, physical and acoustic disturbance, and
contaminants in the marine ecosystem. In support of these measures, our government
signed two important agreements with parties including the Vancouver Fraser Port
Authority and the Pacific Whale Watch Association to commit to the development and
implementation of threat reduction measures to Southern Resident Killer Whale
recovery.

These enhanced measures are the product of direct consultations with Indigenous
communities, stakeholders, the scientific community, and relevant industries. We will
continue to collaborate with these groups to ensure the ongoing protection of whale
populations in Canadian waters, notably the Southern Resident Killer Whale.
Alongside the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and the $167 million Whales Initiative,
these new measures work to form a comprehensive and innovative plan to encourage
the recovery and protection of Canada’s whales. Our government is working hard to
ensure that our coasts and those that call it home thrive for years to come.