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Just a friendly reminder about drones..there was a incident the other day where a person used a drone fairly close to the orcas at Piper's lagoon in Nanaimo... It's already been reported to DFO and they are looking into it..as asked me to pass on info so I sent most to Nicki but I'll post this here ... ... See MoreSee Less
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A happy update on the now disentangled whale. Thanks to everyone involved!Update June 11 at 4 pm: We have IDed the whale as "Camelus" a whale with a very distinctive dorsal fin for which there is, to date, only one previously known sighting = May 21 around northeast Vancouver Island. by data contributor Gord Curry. Update June 10 4 pm: Whale now reported to be disentangled by DFO. __________________Thank you to the many who made sure we were aware of this entanglement and to those who knew who to call. The Humpback has been found whereby now the expertise and equipment can be used for the greatest chance of successful disentanglement. We are providing this post so that people know that action is being undertaken. We will update here as appropriate e.g. relaying who the whale is. For what to do (and not to do) re. whale entanglement and why, please see www.HowToSaveAWhale.org Know how very dangerous disentanglement can be, why expertise is needed, and how very important it is to be able to find the whale. Humpbacks are often not in immediate risk of death. Rather it is the longterm impacts that could kill them = infection and/or not being able to feed or move properly. Now that this whale has been found, action can be taken as appropriate which may include attaching a tracking tag to the rope dragging behind the whale so that the whale can be found back if disentanglement will take longer than today. Know too that our preliminary results looking at scarring on Humpbacks suggest that ~50% of Humpbacks have been entangled (research is being conducted in collaboration with DFO). This does not let us know how many entangled whales died and sunk to the bottom of the ocean; never detected by those who knew who to call. Thereby, entanglement ultimately needs to be mitigated at the source. ... See MoreSee Less
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Here is a short video of MP Gord Johns on World Oceans Day. He packs in a lot of content in just over a minute, including a critique of the federal government's current Blue Economy plan. ... See MoreSee Less
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On this year's World Oceans Day, or at least before the June 15th deadline, we encourage you to sign Oceana Canada’s petition asking the federal government to put wild fish first when building a blue economy strategy. Here is their press release, which includes a link to the petition: www.oceana.ca/en/press-center/press-releases/world-oceans-day-oceana-canada-calls-feds-put-wild-f... And here is a more direct link to the petition: act.oceana.org/page/77765/action/1#URGENT: Canada has a history of overfishing, but right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix this.Fisheries and Oceans Canada is asking for input before June 15 on its #BlueEconomy Strategy. More fish in the ocean is a central part of building back better from the economic and social havoc wreaked by the global COVID-19 pandemic.Add your voice to our petition and tell them to prioritize wild fish and healthy oceans: act.oceana.org/page/77765/action/1. ... See MoreSee Less
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