October 26, 2017 – Ottawa – Office of Joyce Murray
The Federal Government announced today that it is updating the Marine Mammal Regulations to provide greater protection for marine mammals, including the Southern Resident Killer Whale. Minister of Fisheries Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard Dominic LeBlanc, and Minister of Transport Marc Garneau have announced their first step in a series of swift regulatory actions designed to enhance the protection of all marine mammals from threats such as vessel strike and physical and acoustic disturbances.
“I’m pleased that concrete action is being taken to protect our precious Southern Resident Killer Whales for future generations.” said Member of Parliament Joyce Murray. “With these regulations we recognize the importance of this species and the work of our scientists who have advocated for these protections.”
The proposed amendments will include:
The government is committed to doing what is necessary to help keep these two species from harm. Through broad consultation with Canadians, scientists, and industry the Government of Canada has developed these regulations. This complements the $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan and Bill C-48 which formalizes a moratorium for oil tankers on British Columbia’s north coast.
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