In 2017, an unprecedented number of North Atlantic right whale (NARW) mortalities were observed in the Gulf of St Lawrence. To help protect the NARW, the Government of Canada adopted a suite of protection measures aimed at reducing the risk of vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.
These protection measures are informed by a science-based program that provides up-to-date detections of NARW using aerial surveillance and sophisticated acoustic detection technologies.
Our Decade Action aims to expand near-real time acoustic surveillance in eastern Canada by testing new technologies that will enhance our ability to detect and locate NARW. These detections are currently disseminated through a publicly accessible online platform called Whale Insight.
This visualization tool displays near-real time detections of NARW and will help to inform the management. conservation, and research initiatives implemented to protect this critically endangered species.