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Three species of whales, including two of the largest in the world, are threatened in Canada, according to a report by a federal government agency published on Monday.
Sei whales, fin whales and Sowerby’s whales are now considered “endangered in Canadian waters,” according to the Committee on the Status of Endangered Species in Canada (Cosepaq).
These three species of cetaceans “are threatened by human activity” because “they become entangled with fishing instruments and are attacked and killed by an increasing number of large vessels,” according to a statement from the agency.
In addition, “the noise caused by ships, naval exercises and current seismic prospecting activities compromise their communication and their survival”.
The Sei whale is considered to be in danger of extinction, and the status of the whale and spur whale populations of Sowerby is “worrisome”, according to the classification of the organization.
In February, the Canadian government announced a series of measures to increase protection of the endangered right whale, including restrictions on fishing grounds and limiting the maximum speed for larger vessels in certain areas of the country, like the Gulf of San Lorenzo.
In a few months, in the summer of 2017, 12 dead whales were found in the Gulf of San Lorenzo, which housed about a quarter of the last 458 representatives of these cetaceans, among “the most threatened in the world”, of according to a report from the Canadian Wildlife Health Network published in October 2017.
Skeletons were also found along the coast of New England, in the northeastern United States.
“Species do not repair at the borders, the entire world community must work together to counter threats, and no country alone can save these species,” Cosepaq president John Reynolds said in a statement.
The announcement coincides with the publication of a report by the UN group of experts on biodiversity (IPBES), which warns about one million species in danger of extinction, a decrease in biodiversity that will continue unless there is “a profound change” in the patterns of human production and consumption.