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:

What we heard

Final reports

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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