Canada | Nearly half of Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park put off-limits to whale-watching tours
Canada has some of the most spectacular coastlines in the world that provide habitat for rich biodiversity and valuable ecosystems. The Government of Canada is committed to doubling the amount of nature protected in Canada’s lands and oceans to help recover species at risk, combat climate change, and provide Canadians with the opportunity to discover the immense richness of nature.
Today, Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada, has announced that 44% of the area of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park will be exempt from commercial whale-watching excursions as a means to provide beluga whales with greater tranquility. The conservation area is situated in the Upper Estuary and extends from pointe au Bouleau, near Baie-Sainte-Catherine to Gros cap à l’Aigle, in the Charlevoix region. This conservation measure was developed in partnership with the nine whale-watching tour companies that operate within the marine park.