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Recovery Strategy for Leatherback Turtles

3.6 Action plans in relation to recovery strategy

Recovery actions for the leatherback turtle in Pacific Canadian waters are outlined in the National Recovery Action Plan for the Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) in Pacific Canadian Waters.

3.7 Evaluation (five-year)

Category of ActivityIndicators of Progress

§        Critical and important habitat in Pacific Canada identified

§        Populations frequenting Pacific Canada identified

§        Contributions to the scientific literature on biology, physiology, behaviour and demographics

Threat Clarification

§        Historic and current sightings compiled and organized in a maintained database

§        Report produced on human activities known to affect leatherbacks in Pacific Canada


§        Draft plan for protection of critical habitat in Pacific Canada

§        Recovery and emergency response procedures implemented, along with specific threat reduction measures

International Cooperation

§        DFO a participant in international fora on sea turtles, in consultation with Environment Canada (Biodiversity Convention Office) and Foreign Affairs and International Trade

§        Canadian experts seconded to international projects

Stewardship and Awareness

§        Information on leatherbacks produced and distributed to federal and provincial government departments

§        Public awareness materials produced and distributed, including but not limited to briefing kits, web resources, brochures.

[1]SARA requires that the recovery strategy include “a statement of when one or more action plans in relation to the recovery strategy will be completed” [SARA s.41(1)(g)]..