Approach distances for marine mammals in the St. Lawrence estuary

Approach distances for marine mammals in the St. Lawrence estuary


Approach distances for marine mammals in the
St. Lawrence estuary Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations provide
greater protection for marine mammals including Canada’s at-risk whales. A general minimum approach distance of 100
metres applies for whales, dolphins and porpoises. In the St. Lawrence Estuary and the Saguenay
River, you must stay 400 metres away from endangered or threatened species of whales,
dolphins, and porpoises. You must also stay 100 metres away from all other whales, dolphins
and porpoises. In some parts of the St. Lawrence Estuary,
you must not only continue to stay 400 metres away from endangered or threatened species
of whales, dolphins, and porpoises, but you must also be 200 metres away from all other
whales, dolphins and porpoises. The Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park has
its own regulations – the Marine Activities in the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park Regulations
that align with the Marine Mammal Regulations.

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