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Consultation workbook Bottlenose Whale

Your opinion

Your Opinion On Government Priorities

Commercial fishing, sport fishing, First Nation food and ceremonial fishing, industrial use and conservation needs are all considered when the government makes decisions about conservation policies and programs. How would you rate the importance of these considerations if you were making decisions about the management of aquatic species at risk?

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the importance of these considerations in ocean management
 Very Low PrioritySomewhat Low PriorityModerate PrioritySomewhat High PriorityVery High Priority
Recreational Fishing     
Commercial Fishing      
Marine Industries     
Conservation     
First Nations Food and Ceremonial Fishing     

Do you have any other comments about how conservation priorities should be determined? If so, please use the space below.

Your Awareness about Aquatic Species at Risk in the Maritimes

This table shows a number of listed and proposed species at risk in the Maritimes (COSEWIC designations are provided). For each, please indicate your knowledge of this species.

 Iam not familiar with this speciesI am somewhat familiar with this speciesI am very familiar with this species
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)   
LakeUtopiaDwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)   
Leatherback Turtle (current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)   
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)   
Porbeagle Shark (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Yellow Lampmussel (proposed SARA status: special concern)   

Your Opinions about Conservation Priorities for Aquatic Species at Risk in Atlantic Canada

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of what level of priority should be placed on conservation efforts for this species.

 Very Low Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat Low Conser-vation PriorityModerate Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat High Conser-vation PriorityVery High Conser-vation PriorityI am not Familiar with this Species so Cannot Say
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)      
Lake Utopia Dwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)      
Leatherback Turtle (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)      
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)      
Porbeagle Shark (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Yellow Lampmussel (proposed SARA status: special concern)      

Your Opinions about Threats to Northern Bottlenose Whales

For each factor, please indicate your opinion about how important a threat that factor is to northern bottlenose whales.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Entanglement in Fixed Fishing Gear (e.g., traps, gillnets, longlines)      
Entanglement in Mobile Fishing Gear (e.g., trawl nets)       
Vessel Strikes      
Sonar and other Vessel Noise      
Noise Caused by Seismic Testing      
Noise Caused by Oil and Gas Drilling      
Disturbance by Scientific Researchers      
Pollutants      
Disruption of the Northern Bottlenose Whale Food Chain      
Climate Change and Effects on Marine Ecosystems      

Do you have any comments about other possible factors that may threaten northern bottlenose whale survival and recovery? If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinions about Possible Interventions to Help Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation and Recovery

For each factor, please indicate what level of impact you think this measure will have on northern bottlenose whale recovery.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Develop and Fund Whale Disentanglement Teams      
Develop Guidelines for Vessel Traffic      
Divert Vessel Traffic Around Areas where Northern Bottlenose Whale Live      
Develop Low-Impact Fishing Gear      
Impose Fishing Closures where Northern Bottlenose Whales Live      
Conduct Scientific Research to Better Understand Northern Bottlenose Whale Behaviour and Impacts      
Increase the Size of Fines for Harming Northern Bottlenose Whales      
Increase Public Awareness about Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation      
Increase Awareness within Marine Industries about Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation      
Develop Pollution Response and Control Strategies      
Develop Guidelines for Military Activities      

Do you have any other comments about how other interventions might help northern bottlenose whale conservation and recovery? If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinion about the Potential Direct or Indirect Costs of Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation and Recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely economic impacts (direct and indirect) of northern bottlenose whale conservation and recovery to this industry or group.

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Costs to the Commercial Vessels      
Costs to Fixed Gear Fishers (e.g., traps, gillnets, longlines)       
Costs to Mobile Gear Fishers (e.g., trawl nets)       
Costs to Pelagic Longline Fishers      
Costs to Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Companies      
Costs to Seismic Exploration Companies      
Costs to the Military      
Costs to my Personal Household      
Costs to Scientific Researchers      

Do you have any other comments about how conservation interventions might lead to costs on other people or industry sectors, or about what your suggestions are to minimize costs? Costs might be direct (e.g., increasing the cost of doing business) or they might be indirect (e.g., lost opportunities for commercial activities). If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinion about the Potential Benefits of Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation and Recovery to Canadian Society

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely benefits (economic or social) of northern bottlenose whale conservation and recovery to this industry or segment of society.

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Impact
Benefits to Maritime Coastal Communities      
Benefits to the Tourism Industry      
Benefits to Canadian Society as a Whole      
Benefits to First Nations      
Benefits to the Scientific Community      

Your Opinion about Other Potential Benefits of Northern Bottlenose Whale Conservation and Recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI Have No Opinion On This Impact
I think that northern bottlenose whales are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that northern bottlenose whales will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value northern bottlenose whales even though they may never personally see a northern bottlenose whale.      

Do you have any other comments about who might benefit from northern bottlenose whale conservation and how important this benefit might be? If so, please use the space below.

Comments about the Proposed Listing Status of the Scotian Shelf Population of Northern Bottlenose Whale

Have you read the COSEWIC status report for the Scotian Shelf population of northern bottlenose whale?

Yes

No

Please choose an option that reflects your level of support for the Government of Canada listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act.

I Strongly Disagree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species
I Somewhat Disagree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species
I Neither Agree nor Disagree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species
I Somewhat Agree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species
I Strongly Agree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species

If you disagree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species, could you please tell us why?

 

 

 

If you agree with listing northern bottlenose whale as an endangered species, could you please tell us why?

 

 

 

How can you as an individual, or your industry, organization or community, participate in the recovery of this species? Please give examples of particular activities if you can.

 

 


Do you have any other comments about this survey or SARA that you would like to share with us? If so, please use the space below.