Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the North Pacific Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Canada

In 2003, North Pacific Humpback Whale population status was assessed as ‘threatened’ by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), and in 2005 the population was listed as ‘threatened’ under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) affording it legal protection. The population’s status was re-assessed as ‘special concern’ in 2011 by COSEWIC. Following public consultation regarding the re-classification of the species, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has referred the assessment of ‘special concern’ back to COSEWIC for further consideration and the SARA status of North Pacific Humpback remains unchanged at the publication of this document.

Consultation period: 2013-07-17 to 2013-09-15


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SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6
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