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Government funding for Whale Seeker technology of marine mammal protection

The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, Diane Lebouthillier, has announced $855,000 under the Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) for Montréal-based organisation, Whale Seeker.

In collaboration with Edgewise Environmental, a Newfoundland-based marine environmental consulting firm, Whale Seeker will deploy its award-winning Möbius technology, which leverages drone and artificial intelligence technology to simplify and facilitate marine mammal observation in real time.

Improving detection of aquatic species at risk is essential to their recovery and Canada’s conservation efforts.

Through targeted investments and projects that leverage the latest science and technology, the Government of Canada is helping to build a culture of conservation, and one that empowers Canadian organizations to join in the collaborative efforts to conserve nature.

Since 2018, the CNFASAR fund has funded over 140 projects for over $110 million across Canada that support the conservation of biodiversity, as well as the recovery of aquatic species at risk.

“At Whale Seeker, we are deeply honoured to contribute to the advancement of marine conservation through our innovative technology,” said Emily Charry Tissier, CEO Whale Seeker.

Quick Facts

The nine Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) priority areas identified are located in:

    • Fraser and Columbia Watersheds (BC)
    • Rocky Mountains’ Eastern Slopes (AB)
    • Southern Prairies (AB, SK, MB)
    • Arctic (NU, NWT, YT, Arctic Ocean)
    • Lower Great Lakes Watershed (ON)
    • St. Lawrence Lowlands (QC)
    • Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Rivers (NB, NS, PEI)
    • Bay of Fundy and Southern Uplands Watersheds (NS, NB)
    • Southern Newfoundland (NL)

(Image of Mobius from Whale Seeker)