Management Plans

Management Plan for the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population of Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus) in Canada

The bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus) (Linnaeus 1758) is a large baleen whale of the family Balaenidae and possesses a nearly circumpolar distribution. Bowhead whales occur in Arctic and subarctic marine waters and in conditions ranging from open water to extensive pack ice. Two of the four recognized populations of bowhead whales are found in Canada. One of these populations, the Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort population, summers in the eastern Beaufort Sea and Amundsen Gulf and winters in the eastern and central Bering Sea.

Consultation period: 2013-11-15 to 2014-01-14


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