Comment on proposed 2019 measures to address key threats to Southern Resident Killer Whales

Current status: Closed

Opened on April 11, 2019 and closed to new input on May 3, 2019

Feedback is being 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.

Purpose of feedback

We need your feedback to help us refine the proposed management measures and to help us understand potential implications of proposed management approaches.

Who is the focus of this engagement

The Government of Canada, represented by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Transport Canada (TC) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), is seeking input from:

Attend a meeting

TWG mandates and objectives
Location Date Time Venue
Victoria April 23, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm) Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa
1999 Country Club Way, Victoria
Sooke April 24, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm) Prestige Oceanfront Resort
6929 W Coast Rd, Sooke
Richmond April 25, 2019 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm) Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
7311 Westminster Highway, Richmond

Context

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:

Related information

Contact us

Email: DFO.SRKW-ERS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

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, Transport Canada.

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