Regulatory News

The decision by the Canadian government to consider the humpback whales as a "special concern species" and not as "endangered species" became a target of protests from environmentalists. Because of this modification, the habitat of these aquatic mammals in the Canadian Pacific coast will no longer be protected.

Groups defending the environment accuse the government of acting in favor of oil companies because there is a project to build a 1,200-kilometer pipeline that would pass through a region that registers a high presence of humpbacks. In 2005, the species became protected by law. The Canadian government estimates 18,000 cetaceans on the country’s coast.

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