Reference tool helps shipping practices

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A new World Wildlife Fund-Canada guide designed to help mariners in the Hudson Strait identify and avoid marine mammals was unveiled May 25.

Mining, fishing and tourism industries will all contribute to increased ship traffic through the northern corridor, due to decreasing summer sea ice.

The Hudson Strait Mariner’s Guide will help mariners identify whales, seals, polar bears and walrus and marine mammal habitats in summer and winter, provides operational guidance when close to or encountering marine mammals and includes contact numbers to report sightings and incidents.