Approach distances for marine mammals in the St. Lawrence estuary

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Canada's Marine Mammal Regulations provide greater protection for marine mammals including Canada's at-risk whales.

A general minimum approach distance of 100 metres applies for whales, dolphins and porpoises.

In the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay River, you must stay 400 m away from endangered or threatened species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises. You must also stay 100 m away from all other whales, dolphins and porpoises.

In some parts of the St. Lawrence Estuary, you must not only continue to stay 400 m away from endangered or threatened species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but you must also be 200 m away from all other whales, dolphins and porpoises.

The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park has its own regulations ─ the Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations that align with the Marine Mammal Regulations.