By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. The Whale Sanctuary Project announced Tuesday that it wants to provide a home for about eight whales in a 40-hectare inlet southeast of Sherbrooke, N.S., at Port Hilford, along the province's rugged and lightly populated Eastern Shore. Area. Visser, a member of The Whale Sanctuary Project and founder of the Orca Research Trust, showed renderings that included sea pens, educational facilities and … A team of scientists is planning to build the first permanent sanctuary for whales and dolphins - with or without SeaWorld's consent. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Exceptions for commercial whale watching companies to allow viewing of transient or Biggs killer whales at the existing 200-metre approach distance may be authorized if they enter an agreement with the Minister of Transport. The Whale Sanctuary Project has chosen an inlet on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore as the preferred spot to protect and care for retired orca and beluga whales that were raised in captivity. A new mandatory 400-metre approach distance to all killer whales in the Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat will take effect. Doubt if they would be in favor of this. Trites said the size of the proposed pen sounds not much bigger than some of the pools captive whales are kept in. This type of Orca roams the California coastal waters far and wide in search of other marine mammals (seals, dolphins and whales) to prey upon. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. The second was adopted in 1994 and covers the waters of the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. Go slow (<7knots) within 1,000 metres, or a half mile, of killer whales. This Sanctuary is one of the biggest developments in captive whale and dolphin care and protection in decades and the first of its kind to be created for whales and dolphins. It’s called The Whale Sanctuary Project. Refrain from fishing, where possible, withing 1,000 metres or half mile of killer whales. The Interim Order applies to all vessels that are navigating in, on or through specific waters in Southern British Columbia, regardless of the method of propulsion. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. Seaside Sanctuary Concept; Canada Bans Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises; Orca Brains and Intelligence “Whales Without Walls” – a short film; The Whale Jail Is No More! Since 1996, ORCA CONSERVANCY has worked tirelessly to recover the Southern Resident killer whale population throughout their habitat range Our work continues on the three main threats contributing to Southern Resident killer whale decline: Audience Relations, CBC P.O. Site Search Report We reserve the right to close comments at any time. With devastation there is hope. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. "Moving them to a different environment could be very stressful to them and actually do greater harm," he said, adding people might think "this is the best thing ever" when it may not be in the interest of all captive orcas. The sea pen sanctuaries are a concept similar to the land sanctuaries that are home to elephants and chimps, Rose says. You can check out some of their incredible whale watching footage from North of Norway where every winter the biggest congregation of cetaceans gather due to the Norwegian Spring Spawning Herring that comes close to the shore. Here is a link to the longer 25 minute episode. SeaWorld, which has long come under fire for its questionable treatment of animals, announced in March that it would be ending its captive orca breeding program.The decision was a burst of good news for orca fans, but many worried about the existing orcas … With files from Ben Mussett and On The Island. You can subscribe now, wherever you get your podcasts. That was the question Dr. Lori Marino posed – and then answered – at the Whale Museum on San Juan Island at the end of a recent week of town meetings around Washington State. It has been proven that, although SeaWorld claims their whales live lives equivalent to those in the wild, the captive orcas live to around 9 years old, while wild whales live from around 50 to 80 years. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. Listen to a new CBC British Columbia podcast. He said he understands the good intentions behind the project but has concerns about pathogens in the ocean being passed to penned orcas and the mental health impact on the whales who have been raised in captivity. Orca Conservancy’s stance on the Whale Sanctuary Project creating a permanent seaside sanctuary for orcas in the PNW. Orca Conservancy attended the meeting held on Thursday, July 18, at the Great Hall at Green Lake LLC; 7220 Woodlawn Ave NE. Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build a penned-off area in the Salish Sea near the San Juan Islands with capacity for up to eight whales and then relocate captive orcas to the pen. (We can … Killers: J pod on the Brink is hosted by Gloria Macarenko, and the first episode comes your way July 18. Posted December 9, 2017 in News, Opinion by Michael Mountain This week, Loro Parque Zoo, a tourist attraction off the coast of Africa, announced that Morgan, an orca who was captured in Dutch waters seven years ago, is pregnant. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Have they been talking to #firstnation people in the area. Two Sanctuaries are currently designated by the International Whaling Commission, both of which prohibit commercial whaling. Whale Sanctuary Project wants to build a penned-off area in the Salish Sea near the San Juan Islands with capacity for up to eight whales and then relocate captive orcas to the pen. THE WHALE SANCTUARY PROJECT Now, a new nonprofit group is making the case that no cetaceans should be held captive and forced to perform for food. However, he also says strong community support for the project has been key to selecting the Nova Scotia option over possibilities in British Columbia and Washington State. Judith Sayers, president of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council on Vancouver Island, used social media to express concerns about the project, saying people should not "change nature" and questioning if Marino had reached out to First Nation peoples in the San Juan area to gauge their opinion. Use the Whale Warning Flag to warn fellow boaters to the presence of whales and be aware of the flag when you’re cruising the area. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Ladies and gentlemen, those entertainers–beluga or orca whales–will now have a place to live out their days in relative peace–i n a place where they belong, not in an aquarium. Charles Vinick, director of the non-profit group, says it still requires provincial and federal permits and an estimated $12 to $15 million for capital costs. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. The Orcas, or Killer Whales, that frequent Monterey Bay are known as "transients". Lummi Nation calls for 'state of emergency' to aid dwindling orca population, CBC's Journalistic Standards and Practices. Whale Sanctuary Project selects Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, for sanctuary site The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of... Posted February 25, 2020 in For the Media, News Photographing Belugas in the Wild From there she can eventually and carefully be reintroduced and released to once again swim and live free with her mother Ocean Sun (L25, 83 years old), and her entire L-pod family of 35 Orcas, who even today swim free in the Salish Sea! Vinick says consultation work will continue with the small communities in the area, as well as with a group of lobster fishermen who have fished the local waters. #backtonature Join our mailing list to receive updates on our progress creating the sanctuary in Port Hilford, Nova Scotia. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Andrew Trites, director of marine mammal research at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, is sceptical about what Whale Sanctuary Project is proposing. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. Follow my journey about the history of orcas in captivity and the activism that has fought for their freedom and sanctuary. Sustainable Living Sanctuary Cruises is the only sustainable charter boat on the Monterey Bay. If a killer whale is in the sanctuary at the time, paddlers must remain 400 metres away from the whales. Neuroscientist Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project, is one of the few people to have seen inside the brain of a killer whale. The latest version of the American Cetacean Society's “Whalewatcher”... publication is now available as a free PDF to download. "They're basically trading one type of captivity for another, and it's not clear to me that it is any better than what the whales currently have," said Trites. Lori Marino, founder and president of the group, spoke with On The Island host Gregor Craigie about what the project will entail. The sanctuary waters of Nova Scotia in Atlantic Canada will make beluga whales feel right at home. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Whale Sanctuary Project wants to move killer whales kept in captivity into a penned-off area near the San Juan Islands where they can live out their days in an environment as close to living in the wild as possible. Raynell Morris, member of the Lummi Nation in Washington State, said the Lummi Nation has signed a letter of intent with Whale Sanctuary Project and supports the idea. A U.S.-based conservation group has chosen a site in Nova Scotia where it plans to build a kind of retirement home for whales raised in captivity. The first of these, the Indian Ocean Sanctuary, was established in 1979 and covers the whole of the Indian Ocean south to 55°S. Comments are welcome while open. Impact of gold mine contamination in N.S. You can’t change nature that is wild nor should you try. Robson Bight (Michael Bigg) Ecological Reserve was established to provide a sanctuary for killer whales. Killer whales kept in captivity at marine parks could retire seaside if a  Washington state group gets its wish. It would be a $15 million facility where roughly a half dozen captive orcas could safely retire. Check out "Whale Attack", National Geographic's recreation of our 2004 Mother's Day cruise when orcas attacked a baby gray whale (warning, not for the faint at heart). The Whale Sanctuary Project has chosen an inlet on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore as the preferred spot to protect and care for retired orca and beluga whales that were raised in captivity. 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