Offshore Killer Whale - Draft Recovery Strategy Consultation Summary

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The draft Recovery Strategy along with a discussion guide and comment form was made available online via the DFO Pacific Region Consultation website for a public comment period from March 26 – April 27, 2015. Letters were mailed, e-mailed and faxed to First Nations in the species’ range requesting input on this draft Recovery Strategy and offering an opportunity to meet with DFO for further discussions. E-mail notifications of the consultation were also sent to the Province of British Columbia, Environment Canada, Parks Canada, Transport Canada, regional and municipal government agencies, environmental interest groups, academia, industry and other stakeholder groups in the species’ range.

Five comment forms and three letters were received. One First Nation provided a letter requesting additional information on the recovery planning process and implementation. A letter was received from a stakeholder in support of the draft Offshore Killer Whale Recovery Strategy. A letter was provided by an environmental interest group providing technical information on the population objectives, and threats to the species. All feedback received was considered and, as appropriate, revisions made to the draft Recovery Strategy.

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