Know Before You Go – Marine Mammal Regulations

July 21, 2022

See a Blow, Go SlowIt’s summer when many of us have the joy of being on the ocean. Thereby, it’s an important time to review the Marine Mammal Regulations!

It is every boat operator’s responsibility to know and follow these Regulations. They are Canadian law and changed significantly in 2018. The Marine Mammal Regulations specify minimum approach distances, mandatory reporting of collision or entanglement, rules regarding interactions with marine mammals, and much more.

In addition to the Canada-wide Marine Mammal Regulations, there are region-specific laws. An example is the Management Measures to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whales which are in effect on Canada’s Pacific Coast and were updated in April 2022.

Please visit which is an information hub to Canada’s Marine Mammal Regulations, the 2022 Management Measures, including maps of sanctuary zones, and further best practices for the operation of watercraft around marine mammals.

A reminder too that there is an educational guide developed by the Marine Education and Research Society for the Canadian Power Squadron that details the laws and best practices for all watercraft operators around marine mammals. See for “Boaters and Marine Mammals – Safety and Stewardship”.

Neptunus 650F Review

Neptunus 650F 400

By Andy Adams

Over the years Canadian Yachting has had the pleasure of doing several boat review articles on new Neptunus models and we are familiar with the qualities that Neptunus is famous for. They have all been exceptional yachts, but this is the one I would most want to own myself. It’s a personal choice and a matter of taste as to whether you would prefer to have a sedan express model or a flybridge but in my opinion, the flybridge layout offers some wonderful attributes.

We met with Neptunus Managing Director Jan Willem De Jong this past fall to take the new Neptunus 650F out in Lake Ontario. 

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Sunset off St John

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A perfect sunset off St. John with St. Thomas views for backdrop.

Clearing Pillsbury Sound, surrounded by voluptuous emerald mountains as the ferry sliced through royal blue waters, I was struck by the unspoiled ambiance of St. John, the island gliding past our starboard beam and the irresistible charm of a village called Cruz Bay visible from our quarter stern.

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