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Fisheries committee  No. There was a necropsy report that was published by the lead veterinarian from the University of Prince Edward Island. There were no whales that were found to have injuries from different human encounters. The two that were entangled did not have any sign of broken bones, and t

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Yes. Of the 12 dead whales, they were able to do necropsies on seven of them. One was sampled at sea, so it was not conclusive, but they did bring all those carcasses, seven carcasses, ashore—

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Yes, and they were able to.... The details, the diagnosis for each whale, are all available in the necropsy report.

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  If the entangling lines are recovered from the whale when it's either disentangled or during the necropsy on the beach, if there are sufficient identifying characteristics on the gear.... The gear is measured, and the diameter of the rope, and if there are any buoys present and t

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Absolutely. Ghost gear removal is good for whales and it's also good for the fishery, because there aren't pots down there collecting lobsters or other target species that are not going to be brought to the surface, so absolutely, ghost gear removal is a good idea. It has been do

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Yes. I think the working group came up with a good plan. There were corridors that were identified where vessels could go at normal operational speeds. They were surveyed and they were slowed down about 25% of the time, not due to sightings of whales but actually because two aeri

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Those data are going to be looked at. We have data looked at, so we have sighting data for right whales correlated with depth for all over eastern Canada for all of our sightings of right whales. That question came up this summer, and it is going to be looked at in the last week

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Most of the gear we take off entangled whales we find to be actively fishing gear when we are able to trace it back to the fishery that set that gear. Sometimes all we find is just a length of rope, in which case we can't trace it, but there are efforts to recover the gear and fi

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  That is a question that's going to be addressed at the Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat at the end of November. We have data in our identification catalogue of right whales in the gulf and also in other areas, and we can compare that to depths, so we can actually attempt to

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Well, we've come a heck of a long way. We took the lead, actually, in vessel strike mitigation 15 years ago. With respect to entanglements, this is not just a right whale problem; it is a global problem for many species. I think the commitment of the fishermen in the gulf is re

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Thank you, Mr. Finnigan, for your comments. The measures that were put in place have not yet eliminated entanglement in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. This year a few entanglements of three—possibly four—right whales that had been seen earlier in the season. There were three injury-f

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  The size of the static closure for the snow crab fishery is quite large. The timing of the start of it was actually very close to the first acoustic detection of a right whale on April 28, 2018. The timing of it is consistent with the initial arrival of right whales. I do appreci

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown

Fisheries committee  Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Good afternoon, and thank you for the invitation to present before this committee. My name is Dr. Moira Brown. I'm with the Canadian Whale Institute, and I am speaking to you today on behalf of North Atlantic right whales, which have been studied for

October 30th, 2018Committee meeting

Dr. Moira Brown