STOP! Let's Change Course to Avoid Marine Animal Collisions

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It’s almost too late. We ask that you sign this petition to support the CWF Marine Action Plan to ensure safer waterways for whales and all marine species.

Marine Species Need Your Voice!

Despite significant efforts by the Government of Canada to reduce the injury and death of whales due to collisions with commercial ships and other vessels, whales continue to be killed in Canadian waters. Speed restrictions and shipping lanes established in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, for example, have helped, but are not enough.

Canada needs to commit to further actions on all three coasts to significantly reduce incidental mortality of whales due to shipping. This should include:

  1. Further refining of speed restrictions based on the latest science
  2. Developing alert systems to notify ships of whales in real time
  3. Working with the shipping industry to develop seasonal changes to shipping lanes that avoid whales.

Learn more about the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s push for change at MarineActionPlan.org.

Dear Ministers of Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada,

I support the Canadian Wildlife Federation’s Marine Action Plan that includes a call to:

“Commit to further actions on all three coasts to reduce incidental mortality of whales due to collisions with shipping vessels. This should include further refining of speed restrictions based on the latest science, developing alert systems to notify ships of whales in real time, and working with the shipping industry to develop seasonal changes to shipping lanes to avoid whales.”

With this comprehensive approach, Canada will be a leader in safe ocean practices. It’s critical to the survival of our marine species and their habitats.