Voluntary slowdown in Cabot Strait

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Help protect North Atlantic right whales by slowing down when transiting the Cabot Strait

The Government of Canada is committed to the protection of the North Atlantic right whale—an iconic endangered species with approximately 366 remaining in the world. As they migrate in and out of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, vessel traffic management measures are in place to help reduce their interactions with vessels.

In addition to mandatory vessel traffic management measures, Transport Canada has implemented a voluntary slowdown in the Cabot Strait during these periods: 
April 28 to June 29, 2021 - September 29 to November 15, 2021

During these dates:

  • Vessels more than 13 metres in length are asked to voluntarily reduce their speed and not exceed 10 knots over the ground while navigating through the Cabot Strait.
  • Other vessels are also encouraged to reduce their speed to help protect the North Atlantic right whales from collisions with vessels.

Government of Canada’s 2021 measures to protect North Atlantic right whales

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