Comment on proposed 2019 measures to address key threats to Southern Resident Killer Whales
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from April 11, 2019 to May 3, 2019
See the "What we heard" report for summaries of the discussions that took place.
Feedback was sought on proposed management measures to aid in the recovery of Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW) for implementation in the spring of 2019. The proposed management measures focus on addressing key threats related to: contaminants, lack of prey availability and underwater noise and physical disturbance. Your feedback will help us refine the proposed management measures and help us understand potential implications of proposed management approaches.
Who was the focus of this consultation
The Government of Canada, represented by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Transport Canada (TC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), engaged with:
- Indigenous groups
- the Canadian public
What we heard
- What we heard: Overview of Government of Canada consultations on proposed Southern Resident Killer Whale recovery measures for 2019
The Government of Canada is supporting the recovery of Canada’s endangered whale populations, including Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW), a species facing imminent threats to their survival and recovery. Measures to broaden and strengthen protection of SRKW were announced in the fall of 2018, and Technical Working Groups (TWGs) comprised of Indigenous groups, stakeholders, and subject matter experts were established by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Transport Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada to support the development of proposed immediate measures for implementation in the spring of 2019, and longer term measures, to address key threats related to: contaminants, lack of prey availability and underwater noise and physical disturbance.
Consultations will focus on and inform proposed immediate measures that can be put in place before SRKW return in greater numbers to the Salish Sea in 2019. Input received will be considered in the refinement of measures and in understanding potential implications of proposed management approaches.
Consultations involve two stages:
- Stage 1 (March 2019) Departments met with Indigenous Groups and stakeholders to seek review and feedback on those proposals developed by the TWGs.
- Stage 2 (March-April 2019) Departments will be presenting a more definitive list of proposed recovery measures contemplated for the 2019 season to Indigenous Groups, stakeholders, and the general public.
Overview of Technical Working Groups process
Caption text TWG Mandate and objectives Prey Availability
- Review measures implemented in 2018, identify potential measures for 2019
- Identify measures to rebuild wild Chinook stocks, in line with Wild Salmon Policy
- Advance feasibility of SRKW sanctuaries within critical habitat
Commercial Vessel Noise
- Review effectiveness of 2018 measures and identify potential measures for 2019 season
- Identify infrastructure needed to support measures
General Vessel Noise
- Identify noise reduction targets, options for quiet-vessel design, and other actions for noise reduction
- Identify measures to reduce noise of commercial whale watching and recreational vessels
- Identify priority contaminants and identify/evaluate contribution of point and nonpoint sources of contaminant loadings to the SRKW, their habitat and their prey
- Develop a framework to assess the effectiveness of existing controls on contaminants that affect the SRKW
- Develop recommendations for additional measures to address contaminants affecting the SRKW, their habitat and their prey
- Minister's announcement on additional measures: Government of Canada taking further action to protect Southern Resident Killer Whales
- SRKW imminent threat opinion:
- RKW recovery documents on SARA public registry:
If you represent an Indigenous community and would like to request a bilateral meeting with any or all of the three federal departments, please contact Evan Jones from Transport Canada at Evan.Jones@tc.gc.ca.
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