Ship Speed Restriction Lifted In Gulf of St. Lawrence

Posted on Friday, January 12, 2018 13:37 PM

Ships travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence no longer have to follow a temporary mandatory slowdown.

Transport Canada put a speed restriction in place last summer after the deaths of 12 North Atlantic Right Whales in the Gulf - many of which died from ship strikes.

No sightings of Right Whales have been recorded in recent weeks according to Transport Minister Marc Garneau.

Garneau says his department didn't hesitate to issue fines during the speed restriction and continues to investigate all reported cases of non-compliance.

He adds the federal government is continuing to work with partners including scientific experts along with industry and environmental groups to ensure these marine mammals are protected.

(Map courtesy DFO)