Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

Protecting Canada's Endangered Whales

Canada's whales need our help

Together we are working to help protect Canada's endangered whales.

Report dead or distressed marine mammals

To report dead, injured or entangled marine mammals, please visit report a marine mammal in distress.


Fisheries management
Fisheries management

Whales can get tangled in ropes, nets, and fishing gear.

Research
Research

Science informs our actions to protect whales.

Approach distances
Approach distances

Tips and guidelines about watching and approaching whales and marine wildlife.

On alert for whales
On alert for whales

We are actively looking for right whales.

Let's Talk Whales
Let's Talk Whales

Review of the effectiveness of recovery efforts for the North Atlantic Right Whale, Southern Resident Killer Whale, and St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga, and recommendations for priority actions.

Oceans Protection Plan
Oceans Protection Plan

Canada has the world's longest coastline, and our water is one of our most important resource.

Working with our partners
Oceans Protection Plan

We collaborate with other governments, stakeholders, partners, scientists, and others to better protect endangered whales in Canadian waters.


Southern Resident Killer Whale

Southern Resident killer whales

With only about 76 remaining, Southern Resident killer whales are critically endangered and are facing an imminent threat. Learn about what we are doing to help them.

Species Profile:

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Southern Resident killer whales need our help - Transcript

Southern Resident killer whales need our help.

They are critically endangered and face an imminent threat.

The global population is about 76.

Whales can be injured or killed

By human-induced threats

Underwater noise, contaminants and lack of prey are affecting their ability to recover.

What are we doing about these threats?

Keeping vessels at least 200 metres away

Building capacity to help whales in distress

Increasing efforts to look for whales

Protecting areas where whales forage for prey

Reducing fishing activity to increase prey

Increasing research on contaminants

Working with our partners

Together we’re working to protect Southern Resident killer whales.


North Atlantic Right whale

North Atlantic Right whales

North Atlantic Right whales are critically endangered. The global population is about 450. What are we doing now?

Species Profile:

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North Atlantic right whales need our help - Transcript

North Atlantic right whales need our help.

  • Right whales are critically endangered.
  • The global population is about 450.

Whales can be injured or killed if they are struck by vessels, they get tangled in ropes, nets and fishing gear.

What are we doing about these threats?

  • Slowing down boats
  • Adjusting fishing seasons to make way for whales
  • Actively looking for right whales
  • Using less rope in the water
  • Keeping better track of rope and buoys
  • Mandatory reporting for lost gear
  • Exploring new fishing technologies and methods
  • Working with our partners

Together we are working to help protect North Atlantic right whales.


St. Lawrence-Estuary Beluga

St. Lawrence-Estuary Beluga

Species Profile:

Show you care, keep your distance (St. Lawrence beluga whales) - Transcript

Show you care, keep your distance.


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