About the initiative

This online training for navigating in whale habitat is an initiative of four partners dedicated to whale protection through research, application of the law, awareness and education.

These partners have been collaborating for years with the various users of the St. Lawrence, including recreational boaters and kayakers.

In addition to offering this training, this web-based platform represents a compilation of important information concerning recreational boating and paddle sports.

This initiative is made possible in part thanks to funding received in the framework of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk and from Fondation de la faune du Québec.

The partners :

Marine Mammal Ecowatch Network

Marine Mammal Ecowatch Network (MMON) is a non-profit organization created in 1998 and dedicated to the protection and conservation of the cetaceans and seals of the St. Lawrence and their habitats.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada ensures the legal protection of species at risk and their habitats under the Species at Risk Act. This training for recreational boaters and kayakers is a concrete measure to promote the recovery of St. Lawrence whales at risk through awareness and compliance with the Marine Mammal Regulations and boating practices to adopt in the presence of marine mammals at risk.

Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals

Founded in 1985 and based in Tadoussac, the Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals (GREMM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to scientific whale research and marine conservation education. Its mission: “Greater understanding for better protection”.

Parks Canada

Together with Sépaq, Parks Canada oversees the management of the Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, a marine protected area. Its mission is to reinforce the level of ecosystem protection while promoting the sustainable use of the region for recreational, educational and scientific purposes. Recreational boaters and kayakers who complete this voluntary training will be better equipped to navigate Marine Park waters in compliance with regulations and in harmony with whales.