Mr. Howlett was a member of a non-governmental organization, Campobello Whale Rescue, who tragically lost his life yesterday while taking part in a rescue operation to disentangle a North Atlantic Right whale off the coast of New Brunswick.
The ill-fated rescue ended in tragedy when Howlett was struck by the whale moments after it was released from the rope and began swimming away, according to the Guardian. North Atlantic right whales can live at least 75 years and grow up to 59 feet long, and migrate between the coasts of Florida and Georgia in winter and Atlantic Canadian waters - especially the Bay of Fundy and southwestern Nova Scotia - in the summer. He had worked to rescue whales for 15 years and was on a rescue mission with Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans when the accident occurred.
Only about 500 North American right whales are left in the wild, making the species one of the world's most endangered, CBS News reported.
"Joe's dedication to saving entangled whales was as deep as his love of fishing".
Howlett started the Campobello Whale Rescue Team together with Green in 2002.
"Nobody has suggested to me the shipping and the fishing industry don't want to partner with us to take every possible measure to minimize the contact with these whales", LeBlanc said.
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A Canadian man died Monday attempting to save a critically endangered whale that was caught in some fishing lines in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
He commended Howlett's contributions to the work, noting that he had also helped rescue another whale from entanglement last week.
The team uses high speed inflatable boats to reach an ensnared whale, then bladed extension poles are used to cut a fishing line. He told CBC News: "There's only 850 people here on Campobello Island now and Joe was a very lively character, he had a great sense of humour".
He added: "I'm sure for him, I'm sure it was just another day at work. he was a very fearless man, a very good man and was doing something he believed in". "Everybody knew Joe Howlett and everybody respected Joe Howlett".
The department said efforts to untangle other whales will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
The whale that Joe saved was a North Atlantic right whale, which can grow up to 50ft and weigh 70 tonnes.