MARKETS INSIDER: The Government of Canada is committed to protecting whales and species at risk. Knowing where and how many there are in Canadian waters informs how we can continue to safeguard these marine mammals for generations to come.
Today, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, launched the largest marine mammal survey in Canadian Pacific waters. This first-of-its-kind survey to be conducted by DFO, taking place July 3 to September 6, 2018, will be aboard two Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) vessels, the CCGS John P. Tully and the CCGS Tanu and will cover the offshore waters within Canada’sExclusive Economic Zone and inshore areas.
The $1.3 million Pacific Region International Survey of Marine Megafauna will enable Fisheries and Oceans Canada scientists to learn more about the population status, seasonal distribution and abundance of marine mammals; and to collect new information to help us better identify critical habitat for species listed at risk.