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COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Basking Shark (Pacific population) in Canada

Acknowledgements

The writing of this report required the collaboration of many people. Historical information was diligently assembled and made available from Brian Gisborne, who put several weeks of volunteer time into this task--thank you. Mapping was done by Vanessa Hodes and by staff at the Pacific Biological Station.

This report was handled for COSEWIC by Mart Gross and Howard Powles (Co-chairs, Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee) and by Jeff Hutchings and Chris Wood (Marine Fishes Specialist Subcommittee Members).


Authorities Consulted

Federal government (DFO) authorities on this species are co-authors of this report. The British Columbia Conservation Data Centre has not assessed the basking shark. Findings from international conservation organizations are included in the report (i.e., IUCN and CITES).


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