Regulatory and Voluntary Measures

Overview of main measures:

Transport Canada Regulatory Measure for Protecting Right Whales

Transport Canada is committed to the protection and recovery of the North Atlantic right whale. Measures are being taken to help protect this endangered species in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. These measures, which include static and dynamic speed limit zones, are reviewed on an annual basis. They have been developed in close collaboration with the maritime industry, non-governmental organizations, academia, First Nations and other federal ministries.

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Cabot Strait Voluntary Slowdown

Between April 28 and June 29, and again between September 29 and November 15, a 10 knot speed limit is designed to achieve a balance between safe navigation and reduced risk of lethal collisions with Right Whales when they are migrating through Cabot Strait.

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Voluntary Measures of the Working Group on Marine Traffic and Protection of Marine Mammals (G2T3M)

The Group on Marine Traffic and Protection of Marine Mammals (G2T3M) is an umbrella group of organizations with the objective of identifying potential solutions for reducing the shipping-related risks faced by marine mammals in the St. Lawrence Estuary while at the same time taking into account the operational constraints and security concerns of the maritime industry. Created in 2011, it is made up of marine protection and conservation organizations, the academic community, governmental agencies and the shipping industry.

Since 2013, voluntary measures have been implemented in the St. Lawrence Estuary between Pointe à Boisvert and Cap-de-la-Tête-au-Chien in order to lower the risks of collisions between merchant ships and whales and to minimize the impact of noise on belugas. These measures comprise a slow-down area, an avoidance area, a caution area and a recommended course. To view a map illustrating the measures and further details about these measures, click here.

Marine Activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations

Consult the following link to familiarize yourself with the Marine Activities in the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations. To report a collision with or disturbance to a marine mammal within the boundaries of the Saguenay–St. Lawrence Marine Park, communicate with Parks Canada wardens at 1 866-508-9888.

Other Whale Protection Measures

Reporting North Atlantic Right Whales

Spotting and reporting North Atlantic right whales. Learn how to report your right whale sighting by clicking  Reporting right whales to Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Whale News

To learn everything about St. Lawrence Whales, visit Whales Online

North Atlantic Right Whale and ship © M. Brown
North Atlantic Right Whale diving © Y. Guilbault