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Ships calling British Columbia will be given whale guide

Pilots boarding ships in British Columbian waters will hand out booklets identifying where whales are likely to be in the latest move by authorities to protect the mammals.

Marine researchers in conjuction with the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert have put together the Mariner’s Guide to Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises of Western Canada in a bid to cut the number of mammal deaths from ship collisions.

The BC Cetacean Sighting Network has gathered data on the location of whales since 2001, information that researchers hope is beneficial in cutting down collisions.

In another move to help whales in the region, the port of Vancouver has recently offered discounts to ships who call with quieter engines.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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