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Humpback Whale

Consultation Summary

In November 2010, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) re-assessed Humpback Whale as Special Concern. This species is currently listed as Threatened under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Regional consultations were conducted to gather public feedback on this potential listing under SARA.

Regional consultations were held online from November 10, 2011 to Jan 4, 2012. An online comment form was available to the public to submit comments. Due to technical issues, the comment form was re-posted on the afternoon of January 5, 2012 until noon on January 6, 2012. Letters were emailed out to the Nisga’a Wildlife Committee and Joint Fisheries Management Committee, Province of British Columbia, environmental interest groups, and stakeholder groups in the species’ range. Letters were also mailed, faxed, and emailed out to coastal First Nations, with the opportunity for a bilateral meeting. A total of 20 comments were received; three in support of listing as Special Concern, 13 against listing as Special Concern, and four that were undecided.