Action Plan for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whale –March 2014 draft

Posted November 4, 2014 | Categories : Federal Stewardship,Marine Reserves,Oil Spill Threat,Rare Species |

Executive Summary

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orcaactionplandfoThis action plan addresses recovery measures for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whale populations in Canadian Pacific waters. Through a series of technical workshops, consultations and meetings, recovery measures were developed to address the broad goals and objectives identified in the Recovery Strategy for Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Canada (DFO 2011).

This action plan outlines activities to be undertaken by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, but also those for which other jurisdictions, organization and individuals have a role to play. All Canadians are strongly encouraged to participate in the conservation of Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales through undertaking priority recovery measures outlined in this action plan. The actions relate to the following objectives for recovery and form the broad strategies identified in the implementation table in this action plan:

  •   Ensure that Resident Killer Whales have an adequate and accessible food supply to allow recovery.
  •   Ensure that chemical and biological pollutants do not prevent the recovery of Resident Killer Whale populations.
  •   Ensure that disturbance from human activities does not prevent the recovery of Resident Killer Whales.
  •   Protect critical habitat for Resident Killer Whales and identify additional areas for critical habitat designation and protection.

    The impacts of the recovery measures in this action plan are unknown but likely positive, providing benefits to Canadians. Additionally, some research and threat mitigation activities will result in benefits to other marine mammals and sea turtles, including a number of SARA listed species. The anticipated cost of DFO’s contribution to recovery measures is low. The inclusion of financial and in-kind costs to partners will very likely push the overall costs of this action plan into the medium cost range on the national scale.