Whale watching guide fined for approaching threatened killer whale

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The owner and operator of Campbell River Whale and Bear Excursions was found guilty of violations under both the Species At Risk and Federal Fisheries Acts by the Provincial Court. The judge fined the operator $5,000 for each violation, for a total of $10,000. The sentence stems from an incident on May 27, 2019, when the operator was observed by two other whale watching guides illegally approaching a killer whale within 35 metres near Willow Point. There were six to seven commercial whale watching vessels in the area of the incident who subsequently provided witness statements, as did several of the tourists who were on board. These witnesses also provided significant amounts of photos and video statements. The fines will be used for the conservation and protection of marine mammals in the waters off British Columbia.

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