Protecting species at risk
WWF is protecting marine species that are at risk from overfishing and from being caught in fishing gear designed for other species, known as unintentional catch or bycatch.
What WWF is doing
Endangered right whales
With the help of Nova Scotia lobster fishers, WWF has created new ways to protect the remaining 400 endangered North Atlantic right whales in the Bay of Fundy. Here’s how we do it.
- Moving shipping lanes that commonly lead to fatal collisions
- Reducing the amount of excess rope that ties lobster traps together and risks entangling whales, marine turtles, and other species
- Identifying known, or potential high-risk, areas with intense fishing that are a significant risk for whale entanglement
Learn more about right whales.
Half of the 28 shark species in our waters are threatened with extinction. The unintentional catch of sharks in commercial fisheries is common, and particularly severe in pelagic longline fisheries aimed at catching swordfish and tuna in Atlantic waters. WWF will help create a Canadian Shark Conservation Centre.
Learn more about Canadian sharks.