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Changes to fishing and shipping industry expected to protect right whales

Leonard LeBlanc of Cheticamp, managing director of the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board


-by John Gillis

    Last week, Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the federal government will bring "absolutely every protection to bear" to prevent further deaths of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
    “We now know there has been some entanglement but the majority of the 12 right whale deaths have been due to vessel strikes so slowing down the speeds will certainly help,” Leonard LeBlanc of Cheticamp, managing director of the Gulf Nova Scotia Fleet Planning Board, told The Oran Friday.
    Leonard LeBlanc says it seems to be more of an issue to the northwest of the Magdellan Islands rather than in the Gulf of St Lawrence or in the Northumberland Strait and the right whales food source is also further north of western Cape Breton.

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