QS calls for a reduction in shipping traffic

(Quebec) A scientific study on belugas prompted the National Assembly to respond: Quebec solidarity (QS) even called for a reduction in maritime traffic on the Saguenay River.

Posted September 2, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Patrice Bergeron
The Canadian Press

The study released Wednesday estimates that the expected increase in maritime traffic due to new industrial projects threatens the survival of this species of marine mammal. He visits the Saguenay more than we thought, but the high-pitched noise of cargo ships is very harmful to him and prevents him from communicating with his kind.

Québec solidarity supports the demand from researchers arguing for a moratorium until 2023, the time to complete these studies, which make use of innovative technological solutions.

At a press conference Wednesday morning at the National Assembly, QS environmental spokesman Ruba Ghazal argued that the 450 passages per year on the Saguenay are already a maximum. The study predicts that if all the planned industrial projects in Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean become reality, traffic will increase to 1,200 per year, an increase of 800.

Ms. Ghazal wondered if there was no need to analyze current traffic and consider reducing some transits.

“Are all the passages taking place right now, the 450, shouldn’t they be analyzed?” Are there some that may not need to be reduced but replaced with others? […] So it is this analysis that has to be done and it is not being done. All we do is grow, grow. ”

According to her, we need to analyze the relevance of the current traffic based on its positive impact in order to use her words. “We have to look at these facts and then analyze with the people of Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean and then the people, to see: do all the passages taking place at the moment have such a significant positive social and economic impact? To put the beluga at risk to bring. ”

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