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Comment on the 2022 proposed management measures for the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales

Current status: Closed

This survey ran from Feb 2, 2022 to March 2, 2022

The Government of Canada, represented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Transport Canada (TC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is seeking your feedback on proposed 2022 management measures to aid in the recovery of Southern Resident killer whales. The proposed management measures focus on addressing key threats to the recovery of this population related to low quality and availability of food and increased noise and disturbance in their habitat.

Management measures are based on advice from Indigenous groups, the Indigenous and Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group (IMAG), the Southern Resident killer whale Technical Working Groups (TWGs), and stakeholders. As well, the Government of Canada partners with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) program to inform the development of measures for large commercial vessels, including slowdowns and a lateral displacement of vessels.

The advice received from these forums, lessons learned from previous years’ measures, recovery efforts underway in the United States, science information, and other Government of Canada processes such as the southern BC salmon Integrated Fisheries Management Plan (IFMP) process are all used to help develop annual management measure options. Your feedback will help us refine the proposed management measures and to help us understand potential implications of different management approaches.

In addition to the 2022 management measures, the Government of Canada is also advancing longer-term actions that address the primary threats to the population, including low quality and availability of food, contaminants, and disturbance in their environment.

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