Canadian gov't closes snow crab fishery over whale deaths

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 22, 2017

After banning a previous fishing area last week, the ministry of Fisheries, has this time made a decision to ban a larger area to the south of the gulf of St. Lawrence in order to "protect the right whales of the north Atlantic about the dangers of fishing gears snow crab".

HYANNIS -Researchers are monitoring the right whale population in Cape Cod Bay after reports from Canada that an eighth whale was found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence this week. "However, the recent whale mortalities in the area are unprecedented and this closure is an important measure to address the situation", said the DFO, in a statement.

It's estimated that there are around 500 North Atlantic Right Whales left in the world, making them critically endangered.

The early closure of the snow crab fishery has little impact to fishermen and the industry because, according to the ministry, the allocated quota for the season is already achieved at 98%.

The decision reverses an extension issued late last week that extended the fishing season to July 28, 2017, throughout fishing Area 12, except for a small portion where the whales were known to frequent.

The DFO says they are continuing to cease whale disentanglements on their boats as they review their policies and practices regarding the issue.

He died after freeing a North Atlantic right whale that had been entangled in fishing gear.

The whale rescuer had reportedly rescued over two dozen whales during the last 15 years.

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