Karen Ludwig

Your member of parliament for

New Brunswick Southwest

Karen Ludwig

Your member of parliament for

New Brunswick Southwest



The history of other species of cetaceans has taught us that populations can decline from 5,000 individuals to extinction in less than twenty years. With a population of 900, the St. Lawrence belugas urgently need effective measures of protection. That is also the case for the northern right whale and the southern resident killer whale.

Robert MichaudPresident and Scientific Director, Group for Research and Education on Marine Mammals

A study undertaken by the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans will benefit all efforts to conserve our endangered whales by producing an all-party examination of the situation and how it can be improved. CWF will be pleased to be an active participant in this study.

Rick BatesCEO and Executive Vice President, Canadian Wildlife Federation

Our members, through their actions, have been at the forefront of efforts to protect whales by investing in research, looking at ship design and collaboration with other stakeholders. We also support any initiative that leads to better stewardship of efforts to protect these whales.

Serge A. BuyChief Executive Officer, Canadian Ferry Association

Private Members Bill M-154 includes the need for government to identify immediate and longer term improvements that limit the impact of human activities on these whales, and by so doing, add to recovery efforts and to recommendations for new or enhanced actions.

Misty MacDuffeeWild Salmon Program Director, Raincoast Conservation Foundation

We support the overall objectives of this proposed motion and are strongly interested in bringing forward industry’s perspective on risks management actions – with the aim of finding the right balance between conservation objectives and viable marine transportation activities in Canadian waters.

Michael H. BroadPresident, Shipping Federation of Canada

The Canadian Whale Institute and others have long worked with marine industries to find a balance that provides maximum protection to right whales with minimum disruption to industry. The population decline since 2011 demonstrates that right whales do not have the capacity to sustain low birth rates and high death rates for very long. If mortality rates remain the same as between 2011 and 2015, with so few breeding females alive, the species could become functionally extinct in less than 25 years. The Canadian Whale Institute is pleased to support the motion by Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest.

Dr. Moira BrownCanadian Whale Institute

Thank you for giving Orca Conservancy the opportunity to be involved in support of M-154. Orca Conservancy is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) Washington State non-profit organization, established in 1996, with the mission of working on behalf of Orcinus orca, the killer whale, and protecting the wild places on which it depends. Orca Conservancy currently represents over 20,000+ members/supporters, and collabo-rates with some of the world’s top research institutions and environmental groups to address the most critical issues now facing wild orcas. The organization’s urgent attention is on the population of endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW).

Shari TarantinoPresident, Board of Directors, Orca Conservancy

I support the timely Private Members Motion moved by MP Karen Ludwig, to undertake a study on the situation of endangered whales in Canada. I am a marine mammal research scientist, and my work during the past 15 years has focused on the communicative and perceptual abilities of beluga whales and the conservation implications of such capacities, addressing the challenges such sound-centered animals face in their increasingly noisy underwater environment.

Valeria Vergara, Ph.D.Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Research Program, Vancouver Aquarium