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Boating Season Opens: Protect Babies And Boaters
posted on May 17, 2018

Boating Season Opens: Protect Babies And Boaters

The May Long Weekend is the unofficial opening of the fun-loving boating season. However, boating adventures can harm wildlife and people. Responsibilities include knowing the behaviours of large whales and dolphins. Collisions have caused serious injuries to both people and the cetaceans.

The Gray Whales, Humpback Whales and orcas are transboundary species. They have greater protection in the US because the long-awaited Canadian Marine Mammal Regulation have failed to provide adequate protection. The boat distances between only the Southern Resident Killer Whales were increased from the inadequate 100 meters to 200 meters. In the US Lifeforce fought for increased distances and government enforcement. Boaters must stay 200 meters and 400 meters if following or in front of all orca ecotypes. Extra care should be taken when there are babies. See attached information for Humpbacks, Grays and orca.

The Lifeforce Nature’s Moments video series includes “HUMPBACK HEAVEN or HELL?” that is a basic 101 on what boaters can expect when in Humpack territories.

We must also change the way whales are watch on water. This would include giving the orcas some days off and breaks during the day. Speeds should be reduced to 7 mph. Maximum times are 30 minutes.

Lifeforce Ocean Friends, based in the Comox Valley, is also on the water to educate boaters, and to study cetacean behaviours. We can be contacted by Text: 604-649-5258, Email: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com or VHF Channel 16.

To report violations contact: In Canada: Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO): 1-800-465-4336 In US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS): 1-800-853-1964

For further Information: lifeforcesociety@gmail.com

Lifeforce Ocean Friends: https://www.facebook.com/Ocean-Friends-1442963759271400/