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Recovery Strategy for Blue, Fin, and Sei Whales in Pacific Canadian Waters [Final]

11 Statement of when the Action Plan will be Completed

An action plan will be developed within two years of approval of the Recovery Strategy. A single multi-species action plan for Pacific blue, fin, sei, and right whales is recommended as these large whales likely occupy similar habitat and face similar threats, and the activities required for their recovery (e.g., determine abundance and distribution) are common to all four species. The integration of what are predominantly research activities will ensure more efficient use of effort.

An action plan provides the specific details for recovery implementation, including measures to monitor and implement recovery, address threats and achieve recovery objectives, and when these measures are to take place. The action plan also includes an identification of critical habitat(s), to the extent possible, and examples of activities that are likely to result in its destruction. It also recommends measures to protect critical habitat(s) and identifies any portions of critical habitat(s) that have not been protected. An evaluation of the socio-economic costs of the action plan and benefits to be derived from its implementation is also included.