MONCTON, N.B. – The federal government is poised to order boats to give right whales a 100-metre buffer zone as it looks at a variety of options to protect the endangered mammals in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc met yesterday in New Brunswick with scientists, aboriginal groups and representatives from the fishing and marine transport industries to discuss possible solutions after a deadly summer.
LeBlanc emerged from the meeting saying there were many good suggestions.
Twelve right whales have turned up dead in Canadian waters this year, and another four died in American waters.
LeBlanc says he will soon be releasing new marine mammal regulations that will include a buffer zone.
Many of the whales died as a result of blunt force trauma after being struck by boats, while other deaths have been attributed to fishing gear entanglements.