Right whale presence in Gulf of St. Lawrence leads to season-long fishing closures

The presence of North Atlantic right whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence has led the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to close certain grid areas to fishing for the season.

The effort is intended to protect the highly endangered right whales, which have in recent years been the victims of entanglement deaths. Current estimates have found that less than 400 North Atlantic right whales remain in the wild.

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