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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Ancient Murrelet in Canada

Special Significance of the Species

The Queen Charlotte Islands support about half of the world’s population of Ancient Murrelets (Gaston 1994b). The Haida of the Queen Charlotte Islands harvested Ancient Murrelets at least into the 1960’s (W. Campbell, 1992, pers. comm., in Gaston 1994b) and the birds have some cultural significance (Gaston 1994b).

The Ancient Murrelet has also become the “flagship” of conservation efforts in the Queen Charlotte Islands, especially by the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, which continues to encourage eradication or control of introduced animals in the archipelago.