SAINT JOHN, NB, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - The North Atlantic right whale was
once hunted almost to extinction, but seventeen years ago Irving Oil
began working with the New England Aquarium to protect this endangered
species. The partnership is making a difference; the right whale
population now exceeds five hundred, which is the highest population on
record since research began three decades ago.
Irving Oil's contribution to protecting the North Atlantic right whale
helps fund right whale research, conservation, and education. For two
months each summer and fall, researchers conduct shipboard surveys of
North Atlantic right whales in the Bay of Fundy critical habitat area.
They record whale sightings, track calving records and mortality rates,
help untangle whales caught in fishing gear, and collect information
regarding acoustics, genetics, and social behaviour. Over the winter
months, researchers analyze this data that is essential to monitoring
the health of the population, and creating additional programs that
will help protect the North Atlantic right whale.
"The work our research team undertakes in the Bay of Fundy is critical
to the right whale's long term survival and it wouldn't be possible
without the help of Irving Oil," says Moira Brown, Senior Scientist at
the New England Aquarium. "Our partnership is protecting right whales;
over three hundred calves have been born since 1998 and the right whale
population now numbers over five hundred."
"We're proud of our long-term commitment to both the endangered right
whale and our partnership with the New England Aquarium," says Paul
Browning, President & CEO of Irving Oil. "The New England Aquarium's
annual program has shown that right whale numbers have increased from
320 to over 500, and since our partnership began seventeen years ago,
there hasn't been a recorded ship-whale collision in the Bay of Fundy
shipping lanes. We believe this partnership model is a great example of
how industry and conservation interests can be both collaborative and
pragmatic by effecting real change within our environment."
In 2003, Irving Oil worked collaboratively with academics, professional
mariners, environmental groups, the Canadian government, and the
International Maritime Organization to reroute shipping lanes away from
a significant right whale feeding ground and nursery habitat area. This
marked the first time in maritime history that shipping lanes were
altered to protect an endangered species; the changes reduced the risk
of ship-whale collisions in the traffic lanes by ninety percent.
About Irving Oil
Irving Oil is a privately-owned, increasingly global energy and
marketing company that provides Eastern Canada and New England with
high-quality products and customer service. Founded in 1924 and based
in Saint John, New Brunswick, Irving Oil maintains a strong tradition
of committed community service and partnerships through programs in
healthcare, the environment, education and sports. For more information
about Irving Oil and its community programs, please visit us at www.irvingoil.com or follow us at facebook.com/irvingoil.
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