FREDERICTON – New report produced by oceans advocacy group says most ships along the U.S. east coast are exceeding speed limits set to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales .
The report released on Wednesday by Oceana tracked ships between 2017 and 2020 along the U.S. east coast and found that 90% of the boats had violated mandatory speed limits.
Oceana notes that collisions with ships are one of the leading causes of injury and death among right whales.
Kim Elmslie, campaign manager for the Canadian wing of Oceana, said on Wednesday that compliance with mandatory speed limits in Canadian waters is much higher than in the United States.
She says to protect endangered whales, Transport Canada should replace voluntary speed limits in areas such as the Cabot Strait with mandatory ones.
It is estimated that there are less than 400 right whales.