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Recovery Strategy for the Transient Killer Whale [Proposed]

Appendix D: Record of Cooperation and Consultation

Transient killer whales are listed as “threatened” on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and as an aquatic species are under federal jurisdiction, and are managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) 200 - 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC., V6C 3S4.

As there are few people in Canada with scientific, traditional or local knowledge of transient killer whales, DFO brought together a small internal group of technical experts to develop an initial draft of this recovery strategy. 

A Technical Workshop was hosted in January 2007 to provide a forum for the sharing of knowledge and expertise on transient killer whales between the Recovery Team and an invited group of researchers, environmental non-governmental organizations, and other governmental (federal and provincial) staff from both Canada and the United States.   This workshop was invaluable in assisting the DFO Transient Killer Whale Recovery Team in the drafting of the recovery strategy.  Given that the population of killer whales considered in this recovery strategy frequent both Canadian and United States (US) waters, bilateral government and non-government input and collaboration was sought. 

On the advice of the Species at Risk First Nations Coordinator, a letter was sent to all coastal First Nations soliciting their participation in the development of the recovery strategy.  Bands or groups who responded with a specific interest in this species were contacted directly. 

Consultations were web, mail and email based and included mail-outs to all coastal First Nations. An initial draft (March 2007) of the recovery strategy and a discussion guide and feedback form were made available. In addition, a message announcing the development of the recovery strategy, was sent to a marine mammal list serve (MARMAM) with a broad local and international distribution to marine mammal researchers and interests, and to a distribution list of whale-related contacts provided to DFO in recent years from environmental groups, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, and the eco-tourism sector.  An announcement was put in the DFO internal staff publication “In the Loop”. 

Comments on the recovery strategy were received from three independent sources and from three government agencies: Parks Canada, the Department of National Defence and the Province of BC.  Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada and Transport Canada had no comments on the draft strategy. Seven First Nations responded to consultation letters: two requested a copy of the recovery strategy: two requested a meeting to discuss the recovery strategy and two expressed an interest engagement at a later date, one letter of support was received.  

Feedback from public consultations, government agencies and scientific experts has been considered in the production of the final recovery strategy. Peer review of the document was not considered necessary as applicable experts were in attendance at the Technical Workshop and were provided an opportunity to provide input through public consultation.

DFO Recovery Team:
Marilyn JoyceFisheries & Oceans Canada
John FordFisheries & Oceans Canada
Graeme EllisFisheries & Oceans Canada
Peter Ross Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Peter Olesiuk Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Kim WestFisheries & Oceans Canada
Tatiana LeeFisheries & Oceans Canada
Ryan Galbraith Fisheries & Oceans Canada


Technical Workshop Participants:
John DurbanNational Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
Steven RavertyMinistry of Agriculture and Lands, Animal Health Center
Kathy HeiseUniversity of British Columbia
Lance Barrett-Lennard Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Volker DeeckeUniversity of British Columbia
Janet StraleyUniversity of Alaska
Dave EllifritCentre for Whale Research
Andrew TritesUniversity of British Columbia
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