Ecojustice Blog – Nature Posted on October 5, 2010 (updated: February 17, 2015)

Watching out for endangered whales

Kimberly ShearonStaff

As if BC’s whales don’t have enough to worry about. We already know that endangered killer whales are starving from declining fish stocks, sickened by toxins in their waters and harassed by boat traffic in their habitat. Now other endangered whales and dolphins are under threat from an American research vessel planning to conduct seismic testing that threatens to cause hearing loss and behavioural disturbances in these sensitive species.

It’s the question we’re asking in our latest lawsuit, asking the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stop this ocean floor mapping exercise in Canada’s first Marine Protected Area off the coast of BC. Lawyer Lara Tessaro has been working at a break-neck speed on this case, launching it this week and going before a judge tomorrow in Ottawa just before the testing is slated to begin.

Maybe the feds thought we’d all be away on holiday with the rest of the country. Instead of sitting on a lake or enjoying our garden, we’re spending our summer trying to get the government to do their job – maybe next summer…

As if BC’s whales don’t have enough to worry about. We already know that endangered killer whales are starving from declining fish stocks, sickened by toxins in their waters and harassed by boat traffic in their habitat. Now other endangered whales and dolphins are under threat from an American research vessel planning to conduct seismic testing that threatens to cause hearing loss and behavioural disturbances in these sensitive species.

It’s the question we’re asking in our latest lawsuit, asking the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stop this ocean floor mapping exercise in Canada’s first Marine Protected Area off the coast of BC. Lawyer Lara Tessaro has been working at a break-neck speed on this case, launching it this week and going before a judge tomorrow in Ottawa just before the testing is slated to begin.

Maybe the feds thought we’d all be away on holiday with the rest of the country. Instead of sitting on a lake or enjoying our garden, we’re spending our summer trying to get the government to do their job – maybe next summer…

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