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Educational / research opportunities aside, most of these animals are rescues who would not survive in the wild. A fantastic idea and I would vote for Liverpool Bay. We already had a happy Beluga visit us. The tide is turning in the West but in Asia the marine entertainment park industry is booming. I cannot see where a single “bay” would cover most of them. It’s poor policy all around. We look forward to hearing the good news that a safe home has been chosen, and thank you all for your compassion. But we will be discussing further with our field team and advisors. Now, they will be treated (if they can) and left to die in wild, rather than housed and taken care of at places like the Vancouver Aquarium. As a side note – I understand the good intentions of banning them in captivity in Canada – but I think it is very misguided. A U.S.-based conservation group, The Whale Sanctuary Project, has selected an eastern shore Nova Scotia community for … “The Sherbrooke community has exceeded all our expectations.”. belongs to them and maintain that everyone is constantly out to get them and put an end to their industry. This rehab centre would presumably have a lifespan of about 20 years, tops, as of today. Bill S-203 provides an exception for “a person who … has the custody of or controls a cetacean that is kept in captivity for the purpose of providing it with assistance or care or to rehabilitate it following an injury or another state of distress.” And the sanctuary would be available to belugas in need of rescue and rehabilitation. A beautiful place for beautiful creatures. “Of the hundreds of locations that we’ve researched in British Columbia, Washington state and Nova Scotia, Port Hilford stands out as the premier location for a whale sanctuary,” said Charles Vinick, executive director of the Whale Sanctuary Project. “But a seaside sanctuary will give them a chance to thrive in a stimulating natural ecosystem.”. Hope you can make it! The Whale Sanctuary Project | Back to Nature, Canada Bans Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. The Animal Interfaith Alliance in Britain sends our compliments to Michael and all involved in the Project and to the communities who wish to host the belugas. The aims of our sanctuary are: To provide a more natural life for the belugas in our care make a list of the positive and the negative-do research-then we can discuss possible solutions to the negative and how we can overcome them together. Would the whales like the protected waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes? After spending the past couple of weeks meeting and speaking with people in the communities of Terence Bay-Lower Prospect and West Pennant–Sambro near Halifax, Charles Vinick, the project’s executive […] Will work with local community to create a permanent seaside home for whales retired from marine parks. Port Hilford offers an expansive area that can be netted off for the whales in a bay that’s open to the ocean but is sheltered from storms. You have my support 100% – a bold undertaking but a great one. A few responses, and first, just to be clear, the sanctuary we’re talking about would be for 5 to 8 beluga whales retired from entertainment facilities. It would be such a great location! 4) Different whale species need different ranges / environmental considerations. Dozens of considerations went into selecting the best location for a seaside sanctuary: from water analysis to sea-floor conditions, to tides and currents, to potential impacts of local wildlife on the whales and vice-versa. The Whale Sanctuary Project has chosen an inlet on Nova Scotia's Eastern Shore as the preferred spot to protect and care for retired orca and beluga whales that were raised in captivity. The Chedabucto Bay Area, would be an ideal sanctuary. The sanctuary will be financed through philanthropic donations for its capital construction and operations. The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 in 2019 to bring an end to keeping whales and dolphins captive in Canada. I support the projects intentions and will be watching to see what area will be selected to advance it’s plans. Thank you for considering our beautiful seaside home. Many thanks to all of you who have supported the Whale Sanctuary Project throughout this extensive search, and especially to our lead sponsor, Munchkin, Inc., makers of unique products for babies and children, without whom we could not have begun this project. This is a location in which Belugas could be comfortable & safe. Mary. This is fantastic news!!!! Most of these animals are rescues who would not survive in the wild. The sanctuary will also work with schools and museums to offer educational programs about the whales at the sanctuary and their counterparts in the wild. “Of the hundreds of locations that we’ve researched in British Columbia, Washington state and […] There will not likely be very many “good” choices for location. Here’s hoping you choose Liverpool Bay for this wonderful project. Thanks for suggesting. The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s on the eastern shore of Nova Scotia to create a seaside sanctuary in Port Hilford for whales being retired from entertainment parks. Relocating them to an ocean environment will give them a healthier life where they can thrive.”, Marino added that the whales captured the imagination of the people of Sherbrooke from the very first meeting. People will be able to see them from the shore and at a distance. The meetings will be held in Dartmouth, Liverpool, Port Hawkesbury, Sherbrooke and Sheet Harbour. Tell you what. “Some will be interested in potential environmental impacts. They will be leading a natural life, rather than performing tricks in a tank, and will no more be on display than are any free-ranging whales or dolphins you would see from land. “There would be economic benefits including the creation of an education centre, an on-going need to purchase tons of frozen fish to feed the whales, as well as full and part-time jobs to be filled by local residents. The Whale Sanctuary Project has narrowed its North American-wide search for a location to house former marine park animals down to two sites on the Eastern Shore. Now ain’t that the truth! At that point (Annapolis Royal Tidal Power Station) the River & Basin are separated by a causeway & reversible dam. Awesome and for captive belugas they will love being in the ocean, I believe Shelburne would be a GREAT place for the whales, Absolutely great idea, ant sanctuary is better than where they are now . marineland or the Vancouver Aquarium or where ever). most of the captive animals now will be gone. 2) Keeping cetaceans in captivity is illegal in Canada now. (There are no belugas or orcas at the Vancouver Aquarium.). It offers an expansive area that can be netted off for the whales in a bay that’s open to … Whales in pay-2-see, commercial aquariums were never meant to be. By the time it is funded, environmental assessments are done, the complex built …. Why not keep them where they are – i.e. So this rehab centre would presumably have a lifespan of about 20 years, tops, as of today. So sorry I was unable to make these meetings :-( Hope there was a good ‘positive’ turn out! 1) The animals are going to still be part of an “educational display”. SHEET HARBOUR, N.S. It would be an honour and a privilege to give a new home to whales that have spent the bulk of their lives in captivity. The Whale Sanctuary Project, a U.S. based conservation group, is in talks with residents and government officials in the Sheet Harbour and Sherbrooke areas of the province in hopes of setting up a place for once captive beluga whales to live. HALIFAX, Nova Scotia – Feb. 26, 2020 – The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to create a seaside sanctuary in Port Hilford for whales being retired from entertainment parks. “I couldn’t be more pleased that this group of distinguished cetacean experts chose Nova Scotia for their first sanctuary.”. A positive for Sherbrooke would be how this might benefit both the whales and the community considering it already has a tourist infrastructure and the possibility of seeing whales(from shore) would be a big bonus….Sounds like a huge undertaking but such a positive one. I love it!! Makes us look like uneducated buffoons. By the time … the sanctuary is built, most of the belugas will be gone. But I fear the selfish lobster fishermen will do everything to resist progress. “In the confines of a concrete tank at a marine park they suffer chronic stress and then often fatal illness. “We realize that people have questions and concerns about such a novel project,” Vinick said. An interesting project. no matter what the issue. Bravo! Lots to be considered here. I truly hope you find a home for these beautiful, majestic souls that provide them with everything they need to live wild and free. On Tuesday, Executive Director of The Whale Sanctuary Project Charles Vinick announced that Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia has been selected as the home for a pod of beluga whales. Amen. interesting idea, and it has been whale tested!! And the netting to seal the bay would probably kill other species. The Whale Sanctuary Project, a U.S. based conservation group, is in talks with residents and government officials on Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore in the hopes of setting up a place for once captive beluga whales to live. Now find that peice of shoreline the fish harvesters will share or give up while not being concerned about pollution. “Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive and socially complex animals,” said Dr. Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project. i think this would be great for liverpool and i hope that they vote yes to bringing this there and helping these mammals. The Whale Sanctuary Project will visit other regions over the coming months, searching for the perfect cove. Wilma loved Chedabucto Bay! “It’s as though they’ve already made the whales part of their community. But maybe there is something I am missing. I pray this project will be blessed by God and his many angels and move forward with his power, will, and love. We have the perfect spot for all of them !!! It would bring so much back to Shearbrook and Liscomb, there is so much beautiful land around there. MUSHABOOM, N.S. Wilma the beluga whale loved Chedabucto Bay. I think if people could start thinking Positive things could happen here in Port Hawkesbury. Beyond these benefits, a community can take pride in the good they are doing for these whales.”. While a proposed whale sanctuary in Nova Scotia is narrowing its focus in terms of sites, it's shifting focus in terms of the whales that could be housed. “We see this as an opportunity for the host community as well as for the whales who will live in the sanctuary for the rest of their lives,” said Charles Vinick, Executive Director of the non-profit organization. Very nice and clean area. But there are none yet for whales and dolphins. My only concern is that any place chosen be entirely for the benefit of the whales and not for the benefit of the community. And local fishers will want to be assured that their livelihoods are preserved. On Tuesday, the organization issued a press release announcing it had … Sandy & Charles. Hi. We are not necessarily going to have different species in the same facility. The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 last year to bring an end to the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada. KANAB, Utah, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary's on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to create a seaside sanctuary in Port Hilford for … The affection and care shown him from everyone in this community and those who traveled here just to get a glimpse of him, during the months he was with us, was amazing in so many ways. Please bring them here. The whole point of moving them is that the conditions where they are living are intolerable. I assure you that on the south shore, the group that will take the greatest issue with this project and be the most vocal about it will be the lobster fishermen. Back in 2016, the Halifax Examiner broke the news that the Whale Sanctuary Project was planning to build a $15-million sanctuary for captive whales and was scouting locations for it in Nova Scotia. He seemed to especially like hanging out near Mersey Seafood Fish Plant! Prayers that this all works out in one of these cities. Mostly ice free and not exposed to the frequent heavy seas that will destroy containment infrastructure. The tide is turning in the West but in Asia the marine entertainment park industry is booming. At the upcoming meetings, Marino and Vinick will discuss what a sanctuary will look like and how it can play a positive role in the local community. Definitely Sheet Harbour / Sherbrooke – or anywhere in the Bay of Islands area (between the two villages). Luca did! Considering the the size of area needed that should have natural boundries. “They’ve been holding special activities for the kids,” she said. We are their only voice! The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 in 2019, to bring an end to keeping whales and dolphins captive in Canada. Try explaining to tourists why we don’t want a ‘marine protected area’ on the Eastern Shore. Minister Lloyd Hines, Member of Legislative Assembly for Nova Scotia, added that the Sherbrooke community is looking forward to playing host to North America’s first seaside whale sanctuary. More likely a netted-off cove or bay. The SEA LIFE TRUST Beluga Whale Sanctuary was created with support from Merlin Entertainments and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) with the aim of providing formerly captive beluga whales with a safe and more natural home. This item is written by Tim Bousquet. This would be awesome here in Liverpool Bay. A U.S. animal protection group is touring the eastern province of Nova Scotia looking for a community that would agree to host a netted, offshore sanctuary for beluga whales. Wilma the whale made it her home for many years. We’re delighted to announce that after researching hundreds of locations in Washington state, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, the Whale Sanctuary Project has selected Port Hilford, Nova Scotia, as the best site to create a seaside sanctuary for whales being retired from entertainment parks. — A privately funded sanctuary for captive beluga whales appears to be on its way to Nova Scotia. “Most of them have never learned survival skills, so they cannot be released into the open ocean,” Vinick explained. Plans for the sanctuary include a visitor center, nature trail and viewing spots. What is the economic model? Beluga whale sanctuary likely on its way to Nova Scotia Enthusiasm and interest shown for whale sanctuary project during Shelburne meeting Bill, Nova Scotia whale sanctuary find support The mission of the Whale Sanctuary Project is to establish a model seaside sanctuary where whales and dolphins can be rehabilitated or can live permanently in an environment that maximizes well-being and autonomy and is as close as possible to their natural habitat. Your email address will not be published. Sheet Harbour or Sherbrook would be a great place! If you think your coastal community could be well suited to a sanctuary, the Whale Sanctuary Project would be pleased to hear from you. A 2006 study concluded that they can live up to 70 years or more. Luca loved Liverpool harbour and he choose us !! A whale sanctuary is an innovative and wonderful pursuit, that would actually be a rare, progressive move for N.S. Liverpool Bay and surrounding area would be the perfect location for this sanctuary. Public opinion continues to shift away from keeping highly intelligent and far-ranging marine mammals in tanks. How about Weymouth and the Sissiboo River, South of Digby? Meanwhile, they pull in millions of dollar for a few months of work and put nothing back into the community, the schools, the hospitals, etc. Non-Profit Group Seeks Community Partner for Whale Sanctuary in Nova Scotia HALIFAX, NS, January 29th, 2019 The Whale Sanctuary Project is holding a series of public information meetings over the next 10 days to identify communities in Nova Scotia that may be interested in becoming home to a seaside sanctuary for beluga whales being retired from entertainment parks. However, according to a company press release, officials in Nova Scotia are excited about the possibility of the sanctuary. LOL (the juvenile humpback). Different whale species need different ranges / environmental considerations. I found people automatically go to negative. We share these concerns and we want to work with everyone to figure out whether a sanctuary is a good fit for your community.”. Sheet Harbour in HRM! Hello, is the meeting in Sheet Harbour still happening this evening? Please consider us !! I am not sure I understand at this point..would they be corralled in a harbor? Thank you for the comments and questions. Given the lifespan of belugas, there will be a need for sanctuary for considerably more than 20 years. On the river side there is a very, very large salt water estuary that is open to several kilometres of river which salt water content gradually decreases upriver and which depth is controlled by the Tidal Power Station. Canada is officially getting the first whale sanctuary in North America. “They suffer greatly spending their lives in concrete tanks, and the only way to end their suffering is to relocate them to a permanent seaside sanctuary, where they can receive expert care in a natural environment.”. Sanctuaries already exist for land-based animals like elephants and chimpanzees who come from zoos and circuses. This is wonderful new!!! I vote for Liverpool Bay. Fingers crossed. © 2021 The Whale Sanctuary Project. While the project has support, it … The Whale Sanctuary Project has narrowed its search to four locations: two in Nova Scotia and two in the Northwest. Incidentally, last year the Vancouver Aquarium voluntarily ended its program of keeping whales and dolphins on display. Liverpool Bay is the place for those whales! What is the economic model for it? Just for starters, there are approximately 58 beluga whales in small concrete tanks at Marineland at any given time, with some dying and others being born during any given week. Now, they will be treated (if they can) and left to die in wild, rather than housed and taken care of at places like the Vancouver Aquarium. The Whale Sanctuary Project’s objective is to have the sanctuary ready to receive whales in 2022. Pleasant Harbour would be the perfect spot for a sanctuary . at the Vancouver Aquarium or Marineland? “We are truly honored to participate in this very special project,” he said. Funding for the two-year search for an ideal site for the sanctuary has been led by Munchkin, Inc., makers of unique products for babies and children. So, you might reasonably assume that a young beluga at a seaside sanctuary would have a lifespan somewhere between those two figures. But you’ll get a better sense of the options at the meeting in Sherbrooke on Wednesday Feb 6th. “As important as the physical properties of the location are in deciding on a site location, we also knew that the relationship the sanctuary would have with its host community would be pivotal,” Vinick explained. “It’s an ideal location for whales coming from marine parks and aquariums,” Vinick said, “You couldn’t ask for a more welcoming and eager community than the people of the Sherbrooke area.”. “The Museum, through the Rural Institute for Cultural Heritage and Environmental Sustainability, has been pleased to assist the work of the Whale Sanctuary Project to date, and looks forward to continuing its efforts to help see this project through to fruition,” he said. What makes Port Hilford, in Nova Scotia, Canada an ideal sanctuary site for whales? All Rights Reserved. “Whales and dolphins have a highly complex sense of self,” said Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, who is also a neuroscientist. Our extraordinary experience with Luca, a young beluga whale, who chose our community as a safe haven when he became lost and separated from his pod, proved what a perfect spot this is for critters of his kind. Breaking News: In a press conference this morning in HALIFAX, Nova Scotia, Canada the Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to create a seaside sanctuary in Port Hilford for whales being retired from entertainment parks. Here’s a site for consideration. The sole location in Washington is in the San Juans off Cypress Island, the location of Cooke Aquaculture's notorious net pen collapse in 2017. All Rights Reserved. The next steps in working toward the creation of a sanctuary will be to work with local fishers and community members to further define the vision for the whale sanctuary, and to initiate the regulatory processes needed to establish the site. See you at the meeting. But people are just so negative all the time. It has access to necessary infrastructure and plenty of room along the shore for the facilities that will be needed to care for the animals, as well as for an onsite education and interpretive center. Environmentally, Bras D’or Lakes are challenging as a sanctuary site because of the brackish content of the water and the lack of flow in most areas. "The Whale Sanctuary Project has announced that it will work together with Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia to create a seaside sanctuary in Port Hilford for whales being retired from entertainment parks," the organization announced in a news release Tuesday. © 2021 The Whale Sanctuary Project. You can contact them by email at charlesv@whalesanctuary.org. I am extremely interested in going but I know there are several weather warnings for the same time. And beluga babies are still being born at Marineland. Possibly in some instances, but unlikely overall; there will be plenty of space in the netting for species other than a beluga whale to come and go. … the sanctuary is built, most of them that whale sanctuary project nova scotia have questions and about. Environment would be the perfect spot for a sanctuary charlesv @ whalesanctuary.org buy a new, raised truck year. 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