Transport Canada fines cruise ship owner for breaching speed limit in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Transport Canada has fined a cruise ship owner for breaching the roughly 20-kilometre-per-hour speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

The Seven Seas Navigator, operated by Regent Cruises, has been given 30 days to pay the six-thousand-dollar fine or ask federal officials to review the case.

The speed restrictions, which apply to vessels larger than 20 metres, were announced in August in a bid to prevent further North Atlantic right whale deaths in the gulf.

At least 13 whales have been found dead this year off Atlantic Canada and New England, an unprecedented number that experts say threatens the survival of the species.