Critical Habitat Orders

Critical Habitat of the Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) St. Lawrence Estuary Population Order

In 2004, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) classified the beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas), St. Lawrence Estuary (SLE) population as threatened. This population was reassessed in 2014 by COSEWIC as Endangered. These assessments were based upon the best available information on the biological status of the population, including scientific knowledge and aboriginal traditional knowledge. A “threatened species” is defined under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as a wildlife species that is likely to become an endangered species if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction.

Consultation period: 2016-05-14 to 2016-06-13


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