British Columbia warns residents and visitors on animal harassment by drones

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) in Canada renewed the warnings to residents and visitors of coastal British Columbia that drone operations are illegal in the area.

During Covid-19 there was an increase in the number of drone operations in the area and the DFO has received 20 complaints of marine mammal harassment. The noise of drones can significantly disturb sea mammals and pose a serious risk to them. The physical and acoustic disturbance caused by drones can erode the energy levels of sea mammals and undermine how they pursue tasks essential for their survival.

The DFO warned visitors and residents that drone operators near sea mammals will face a fine of up to $100 000.

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