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North Atlantic Right Whale Adoption Program

YOU CAN HELP!

    By adopting a North Atlantic right whale you can help us try to resolve these problems. Adopt an individual whale, a mother/calf pair, or a whole family for yourself, as a gift for family and friends, as a memoriam, or for your classroom or group. The tax deductible adoption fee will go towards costs for right whale research, conservation and education programs including:

  • co-operating in a whale disentanglement network in the Bay of Fundy, tracking entangled whales to hopefully remove entangling fishing lines.
  • analysis of faecal material for lipids to determine efficiency of digestion. Faecal material floats briefly at the surface and can be collected with a fine mesh net. Remains from digestion of the tiny zooplankton can then be analyzed.
  • using small hand held computers linked to Global Positioning System units to record sightings of right whales seen during whale watches. Whale watchers are often out for a longer period of time, in slightly harsher weather and cover a larger area than dedicated right whale researchers who work with limited budgets and therefore concentrate their effort in areas that will be most productive.
  • working closely with whale watchers to continue adherence to a voluntary Code of Ethics and providing as much information as possible for them in the promotion of stewardship of right whales.
  • developing a Code of Conduct for fishermen to help them make informed decisions when fishing if right whales are present.

2006 Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station Inc.
24 Route 776,
Grand Manan, NB Canada
E5G 1A1
Ph. 506 662 3804
Fax 506 662 9804

Whale Emergency Network - Maritimes
(1-800-565-1633, Enivronmental Emergencies)

    This team is primarily focused on right whales in the Bay of Fundy but is capable of disentangling other species as the need arises and can respond in a limited fashion in other nearby locations. This is a co-operative program with a number of groups including the Fisheries and Oceans Canada, New Brunswick Department of Fisheries, Campobello Whale Rescue Team, New England Aquarium, Center for Coastal Studies, local whale watch companies, interested residents and the Grand Manan Whale & Seabird Research Station. Fisheries and Oceans Canada provided the funds for equipment purchased.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, call 1-888-895-3003, the Whale Rescue and Strandings Group.

In Quebec, call 1-877-722-5346, the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network.

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