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February 10, 2016 | Winnipeg Free Press | Op-ed | Josh Pearlman

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THE Manitoba government has released a draft beluga-habitat sustainability plan that outlines threats to beluga habitat in western Hudson Bay, and identifies opportunities to minimize these threats. Controlling local pollution, boat traffic and hydro development may be obvious steps to protect the whale, but similarly important is maintaining a healthy boreal forest.

Western Hudson Bay is home to the largest beluga population in the world; an estimated 57,000 (and possibly many more) animals congregate...

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