Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act (Vol. 151, No. 14)

The Humpback Whale (North Pacific population) has increased in number significantly since it was first listed as a threatened species under Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2005. A 2011 assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an independent scientific advisory body whose role under SARA is, among other things, to classify species as extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened or species of special concern, has indicated that Humpback Whale (North Pacific population) growth rates have increased, leading to an increased abundance of the species. COSEWIC has determined that the Humpback Whale (North Pacific population) has reached a point where the species’ reclassification can be amended from a threatened species to a species of special concern.

Given the reassessment by COSEWIC, and based on the considerations discussed below, the Governor in Council has put in place an Order that amends Schedule 1 of SARA. By this Order, the species is listed as a “species of special concern.”

Consultation period: 2014-04-19 to 2014-05-17


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