Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says the first right whale of the year in waters north of the border has been spotted.
In a social media post, DFO said the whale was reported by one of its Conservation and Protection flights off the coast of eastern Cape Breton.
DFO issued new regulations to lobster fishermen in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick last month in response to the deaths of 18 North Atlantic right whales in Canadian waters last year.
The notice to fish harvesters includes closing parts of the water off New Brunswick’s coast to lobster fishermen, a reduction of the amount of rope floating on the surface of the water, and a requirement to report all lost fishing gear.
DFO has not discontinued fishing due to the right whale sighting, but is telling harvesters to be on alert.
There are only about 450 North Atlantic right whales remaining.
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