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’s as though they’ve already made the whales part of their community. Thank you for the comments and questions. The whole point of moving them is that the conditions where they are living are intolerable. And local fishers will want to be assured that their livelihoods are preserved. 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. In the wild, beluga lifespans are thought to be much longer. 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. A privately funded sanctuary for captive beluga whales appears to be on its way to Nova Scotia. 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. “We realize that people have questions and concerns about such a novel project,” Vinick said. We look forward to working together with the people of Sherbrooke and the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s who have opened their home and their hearts to the whales. Sheet Harbour or Sherbrook would be a great place! 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. Wilma the whale made it her home for many years. They believe that the waters and everything in it off of N.S. 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 retired from “entertainment” parks. Here’s hoping you choose Liverpool Bay for this wonderful project. Little Luca chose us, so we must have a lot going for us in whale terms! A beautiful place for beautiful creatures. But you’ll get a better sense of the options at the meeting in Sherbrooke on Wednesday Feb 6th. After their miserable existence obliged to serve human purposes, to welcome them to an environment as similar as possible to complete freedom in the seas is the least we can do for these wonderful sentient creatures. 1/2 as brackish as the ocean. Fingers crossed. 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. Lots to be considered here. Hope you can make it! A 2006 study concluded that they can live up to 70 years or more. The Whale Sanctuary project hopes to have its sanctuary off the coast of Nova Scotia – the first in North America – ready to receive whales from captivity by the end of 2021. Sheet Harbour in HRM! This would be awesome here in Liverpool Bay. 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. It would be quite suitable and a nice representation of Wilma! An interesting project. Definitely Sheet Harbour / Sherbrooke – or anywhere in the Bay of Islands area (between the two villages). It would bring so much back to Shearbrook and Liscomb, there is so much beautiful land around there. What is the economic model for it? I found people automatically go to negative. 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. We are not necessarily going to have different species in the same facility. 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. Canada is officially getting the first whale sanctuary in North America. Incidentally, last year the Vancouver Aquarium voluntarily ended its program of keeping whales and dolphins on display. “We are truly honored to participate in this very special project,” he said. Luca did! I think if people could start thinking Positive things could happen here in Port Hawkesbury. This infinite supply of high-quality water to within 30m of the facility permits a flow-through water supply to the aquarium that requires no filtration, thermal or chemical regulation, re-circulation or waste treatment.”, u guys seem to leave all the negative comments out ur just putting the good ones on here, Why does your mind automatically go to the negative? “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.”. I cannot see where a single “bay” would cover most of them. The netting to seal the bay would probably kill other species. © 2021 The Whale Sanctuary Project. Will work with local community to create a permanent seaside home for whales retired from marine parks. at the Vancouver Aquarium or Marineland? Mary. Dr. Stephen Flemming, executive director of Sherbrooke Village Museum, is delighted at the prospect of having a whale sanctuary nearby. Would the whales like the protected waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes? All Rights Reserved. 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 Whale Sanctuary Project will visit other regions over the coming months, searching for the perfect cove. Please bring them here. 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 . The Annapolis River empties into the Digby Basin. Thanks for suggesting. All Rights Reserved. Funding for the creation and operation of the sanctuary will be through private donations. I would volunteer for you in Liverpool! As the Whale Sanctuary Project scouts possible sites in Nova Scotia for a place to call home, it turns out it won’t be in Terence Bay. The waters are so clean there and you can get the local fisherman to get the fish for the whales. 4) Different whale species need different ranges / environmental considerations. The Whale Sanctuary Project has selected part of Nova Scotia's coast as a spot for a seaside sanctuary, over other regions in Canada and the US. belongs to them and maintain that everyone is constantly out to get them and put an end to their industry. 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. “The Sherbrooke community has exceeded all our expectations.”. 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. A beluga whale is seen in this undated handout photo. The tide is turning in the West but in Asia the marine entertainment park industry is booming. If you mean they will have died, bear in mind that the average lifespan for a beluga in a tank at an entertainment park is considered to be between 18 and 30 years. 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 […] Please consider us !! Parish of Christ Church Hall, 128 Hammond Street, Shelburne. Considering the the size of area needed that should have natural boundries. A solution to a problem. Today, in light of The Whale Sanctuary Project's announcement that it plans to build a 40-hectare seaside sanctuary for rescued orcas and beluga whales in Today, in light of The Whale Sanctuary Project's announcement that it plans to build a 40-hectare seaside sanctuary for rescued orcas and beluga whales in Nova Scotia, Canada, PETA has sent a letter calling on SeaWorld CEO Sergio D. … Sandy & Charles. However, according to a company press release, officials in Nova Scotia are excited about the possibility of the sanctuary. 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. Hello, is the meeting in Sheet Harbour still happening this evening? 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. Your email address will not be published. I pray this project will be blessed by God and his many angels and move forward with his power, will, and love. Dr. Bruce Hatcher, Director of the Bras d’Or Institute at Cape Breton University says “The location of the Aros na Mara is logistically ideal because of proximity to an energetic tidal channel (the Barra Strait) that delivers cold, well mixed and oxygenated and plankton-rich water to the surface layer where the water intake for the aquarium is located. And the town already has the feel of a sanctuary.”. The Whale Sanctuary Project | Back to Nature, Canada Bans Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. More likely a netted-off cove or bay. Hopefully, Nova Scotia can offer them a natural gateway for retirement! “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. 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. “Most of them have never learned survival skills, so they cannot be released into the open ocean,” Vinick explained. Mary. MUSHABOOM, N.S. The group's mission is 'to establish a model seaside sanctuary … 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. People will be able to see them from the shore and at a distance. I truly hope you find a home for these beautiful, majestic souls that provide them with everything they need to live wild and free. Hi. I am not sure I understand at this point..would they be corralled in a harbor? no matter what the issue. This is a location in which Belugas could be comfortable & safe. And the netting to seal the bay would probably kill other species. 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. To learn more about the project and meet Lori and Charles, the public is invited to attend the community information meetings. The Chedabucto Bay Area, would be an ideal sanctuary. Liverpool Bay and surrounding area would be the perfect location for this sanctuary. For more information visit: https://whalesanctuary.org/our-work/. 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. Luca loved Liverpool harbour and he choose us !! We share these concerns and we want to work with everyone to figure out whether a sanctuary is a good fit for your community.”. 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. i think this would be great for liverpool and i hope that they vote yes to bringing this there and helping these mammals. The belugas at Marineland (there are none at the Vancouver Aquarium) are not rescues; they were all either captured and imported, or born into their concrete tanks. It offers an expansive area that can be netted off for the whales in a bay that’s open to … The organization is looking for a 40-hectare area (just under half a square km) along the Atlantic shore of Nova Scotia that can become a home to whales who are retired from entertainment facilities or who are injured and need rehabilitation within a netted-off area. The Whale Sanctuary Project has narrowed its search to four locations: two in Nova Scotia and two in the Northwest. Members of the organization visited locations along the south and the eastern shores, and met with communities in Shelburne, Liverpool, Port Hawkesbury and Sheet Harbour as well as Sherbrooke to seek proposals for potential sites. Right now, Parliament is poised to enact a ban on keeping any more whales and dolphins at entertainment facilities, and a seaside sanctuary will provide the space and autonomy the whales need in order to thrive. What makes Port Hilford, in Nova Scotia, Canada an ideal sanctuary site for whales? SHEET HARBOUR, N.S. 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. Bravo! Sanctuaries already exist for land-based animals like elephants and chimpanzees who come from zoos and circuses. By the time it is funded, environmental assessments are done, the complex built …. Liverpool Bay is the place for those whales! 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. But people are just so negative all the time. We look forward to hearing the good news that a safe home has been chosen, and thank you all for your compassion. “Some will be interested in potential environmental impacts. 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. Now find that peice of shoreline the fish harvesters will share or give up while not being concerned about pollution. On February 26 The Whale Sanctuary Project announced that it will create North Americas first seaside sanctuary for whales being retired from entertainment parks in Port Hilford. 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. My only concern is that any place chosen be entirely for the benefit of the whales and not for the benefit of the community. “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.”. We already had a happy Beluga visit us. Here’s a site for consideration. 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. But I fear the selfish lobster fishermen will do everything to resist progress. 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. “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. But there are none yet for whales and dolphins. 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. Different whale species need different ranges / environmental considerations. "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. “In the confines of a concrete tank at a marine park they suffer chronic stress and then often fatal illness. Media contact: Mary Ellen MacIntyre: 902-989-3522. 3) As they are transitioning from one “educational centre” to this one, why not keep them where they are now (i.e. “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. interesting idea, and it has been whale tested!! (There are no belugas or orcas at the Vancouver Aquarium.). 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. Wilma the beluga whale loved Chedabucto Bay. A U.S.-based conservation group, The Whale Sanctuary Project, has selected an eastern shore Nova Scotia community for … I support the projects intentions and will be watching to see what area will be selected to advance it’s plans. Will the whales at a sanctuary still be part of an “educational display”? Makes us look like uneducated buffoons. By the time … the sanctuary is built, most of the belugas will be gone. “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. 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. A fantastic idea and I would vote for Liverpool Bay. The first thing we consider for any potential location is whether the environment would be suitable for belugas and/or orcas. 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. 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. We have the perfect spot for all of them !!! “Whales and dolphins have a highly complex sense of self,” said Lori Marino, President of the Whale Sanctuary Project, who is also a neuroscientist. 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. 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. 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 Amen. What is the economic model? You can contact them by email at [email protected] 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. Below is a copy of the announcement, and we look forward to posting more news, photos and information over the coming days and weeks about the site and the people of the region. I cannot see where a single “bay” would cover most of them. If you think your coastal community could be well suited to a sanctuary, the Whale Sanctuary Project would be pleased to hear from you. Plans for the sanctuary include a visitor center, nature trail and viewing spots. So this rehab centre would presumably have a lifespan of about 20 years, tops, as of today. Wilma loved Chedabucto Bay! Tell you what. While the project has support, it … This item is written by Tim Bousquet. 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. This is an absolutely amazing idea! The sanctuary will be financed through philanthropic donations for its capital construction and operations. Mostly ice free and not exposed to the frequent heavy seas that will destroy containment infrastructure. On Tuesday, the organization issued a press release announcing it had … Thank you for considering our beautiful seaside home. I’m still embarrassed to see the huge stop sign styled signs, with bold white NO MPAs along the Highway 7. But we will be discussing further with our field team and advisors. At that point (Annapolis Royal Tidal Power Station) the River & Basin are separated by a causeway & reversible dam. 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. marineland or the Vancouver Aquarium or where ever). And beluga babies are still being born at Marineland. 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. “I couldn’t be more pleased that this group of distinguished cetacean experts chose Nova Scotia for their first sanctuary.”. Why not keep them where they are – i.e. 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. It would be good for Liverpool, it would be good for the whales, win-win. We will look after them and they can look after us. Given the lifespan of belugas, there will be a need for sanctuary for considerably more than 20 years. So, you might reasonably assume that a young beluga at a seaside sanctuary would have a lifespan somewhere between those two figures. Beyond these benefits, a community can take pride in the good they are doing for these whales.”. Prayers that this all works out in one of these cities. I vote for Liverpool Bay. Aros na Mara a proposed marine science center at Port of Iona could be a good fit. Most of these animals are rescues who would not survive in the wild. Pleasant Harbour would be the perfect spot for a sanctuary . We are their only voice! As a side note – I understand the good intentions of banning them in captivity in Canada – but I think it is very misguided. © 2021 The Whale Sanctuary Project. 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. — A privately funded sanctuary for captive beluga whales appears to be on its way to Nova Scotia. 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. We will do all we can to have this project in our area. Yes, it’s still on for this evening at 6.30. But maybe there is something I am missing. 2) Keeping cetaceans in captivity is illegal in Canada now. LOL (the juvenile humpback). Whales in pay-2-see, commercial aquariums were never meant to be. How about Weymouth and the Sissiboo River, South of Digby? The education part will be through an interpretive center, and via video feeds to schools, etc. You have my support 100% – a bold undertaking but a great one. The tide is turning in the West but in Asia the marine entertainment park industry is booming. Very nice and clean area. Thank you all. The Whale Sanctuary Project’s objective is to have the sanctuary ready to receive whales in 2022. This is fantastic news!!!! The Whale Sanctuary Project | Back to Nature, Canada Bans Captivity of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. Try explaining to tourists why we don’t want a ‘marine protected area’ on the Eastern Shore. Public opinion continues to shift away from keeping highly intelligent and far-ranging marine mammals in tanks. This is wonderful new!!! most of the captive animals now will be gone. 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. I am extremely interested in going but I know there are several weather warnings for the same time. Now ain’t that the truth! “They’ve been holding special activities for the kids,” she said. Contenders include Maine, Washington State and British Columbia. The aims of our sanctuary are: To provide a more natural life for the belugas in our care 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. He seemed to especially like hanging out near Mersey Seafood Fish Plant! This morning, January 29th, the Whale Sanctuary Project held a news conference in Nova Scotia and issued the following media release: UPDATE: Whale Sanctuary Project Community Information Meeting Details: HALIFAX, NS, January 29th, 2019The 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. -- Residents of the community of Sheet Harbour met Monday night to discuss a possible whale sanctuary off its coast. preferring to buy a new, raised truck every year and vacation in Florida. 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. For once can’t people just open there mind to a possible solution to many of the problems we face in SW NS before we turn to the negative? “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. 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. I love it!! A whale sanctuary is an innovative and wonderful pursuit, that would actually be a rare, progressive move for N.S. 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. It’s poor policy all around. “But a seaside sanctuary will give them a chance to thrive in a stimulating natural ecosystem.”. 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