A fisherman and wildlife conservationist was killed Monday when the whale he had just freed from fishing nets stuck the man as it suddenly thrashed.
Joe Howlett was no stranger to the risky work of rescuing whales.
"Nobody has suggested to me the shipping and the fishing industry don't want to partner with us to take every possible measure to minimize the contact with these whales", LeBlanc said.
A statement from the federal Fisheries Department said only that someone was killed on board one of its vessels, but it did not provide any details out of respect for family members.
"The department is deeply saddened by this incident and sends its thoughts and condolences to the individual's family", spokeswoman Krista Petersen told CBC.
Daoust said the Canadian coast guard and industry need to look at preventing its "negative interactions" with right whales along the Atlantic coast of Canada and the U.S. With their total population estimated at a mere 525 animals, right whales are considered one of the most endangered species in the world.
A conservationist has been killed by a whale moments after untangling it from fishing ropes.
LeBlanc also said there are "serious risks involved with any disentanglement attempt", and that "entangled whales can be unpredictable", CBS News reported. Mr. Howlett's notable experience and contribution to whale rescue include his very recent and critical role in successfully freeing an entangled whale on July 5. He said crews are usually on boats that are low to the water, like Zodiacs, and they use special gear to cut the ropes from the animal.
"As many as seven carcasses have been found and there may be others that haven't been found and there may be others that haven't been found and this year the calving rate is just not going well", he says.
The ban, in the areas known to be frequented by whales, is set to expire at the same time as the newly established end to the crab fishing season. In 2002, Green and Howlett worked together in launching the whale rescue.
"There's only 850 people here on Campobello Island now and Joe was a very lively character, he had a great sense of humor", Smart told the news site.
"The whole island's in mourning here", said Green.
'Joe was the life of the party.