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Recovery Strategy for Leatherback Turtles

Appendix A: Schedule Of Studies

SARA allows for a schedule of studies to be developed to identify critical habitat where available information is inadequate [s.41 (1) (c.1)].  In order to identify critical habitat and habitat that is important to the recovery of leatherback turtles in Pacific waters, research is needed both in Canadian waters and in other parts of the species’ range.  The following outlines the activities required for habitat identification and estimated timing.  The purpose of undertaking these activities is to help yield information that will allow for critical habitat for the species to be identified.  It is important to note that activities outlined in this schedule are recommendations that are subject to priorities and budgetary constraints of the participating jurisdictions and organizations. 

StudyTimeframe (5 years)
Evaluate seasonality of occurrences in BC and assess distribution2003 -2006
Collaborate in international research programs to identify migratory routes2003-2009
Identify and investigate distribution of prey/food sources2004 –2006
Model biotic and abiotic factors that influence the distribution of leatherbacks in Pacific Canadian waters in order to identify and track foraging areas and predict locations and times where leatherback turtles may be found2004 –2006

The above activities are underwayand/or recommended and should continue for the duration of this recovery strategy.

[1]SARArequires that the recovery strategy identify “a schedule of studies to identify critical habitat, where available information is inadequate” [SARA s.41(1)(c.1)].

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