Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Lukewarm Reception for Canada Modifying Right Whale Protections


The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has responded to the Canadian government’s recent decision to modify right whale protections, specifically concerning how they affect lobster and crab fishers.

On the one hand, the institute welcomes and applauds the government commitment to “Whale Safe” ropeless fishing gear. However, it does not accept the promotion of weaker rope lines as a long-term solution for entanglement.

According to AWI marine animal consultant Kate O’Connell:

“Entanglement is a serious animal welfare issue, and it is clear that the North Atlantic right whale population cannot even sustain one single death or serious injury each year if the species is to survive. Both Canada and the United States must take the necessary actions to ensure that all human-caused threats to these whales are eliminated.”

You can find the Canadian government decision here.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for