Assessing the risk of ship strikes to humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) and fin (Balaenoptera physalus) whales off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada: Fs70-6/2017-038E-PDF

"Vessel collisions with whales have been identified as a key threat to the recovery of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), North Pacific right whales (Eubalaena japonica), and sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) in British Columbia. These species are listed under the Species-at-Risk Act (SARA) as ‘Special Concern’ (humpback), ‘Threatened’ (fin and sei) or ‘Endangered’, (blue and right). DFO SARA Program requested that DFO Science provide advice regarding methods to assess the threat from ship strikes and to provide estimates of the risk of mortality to large baleen whales off the west coast of Vancouver Island. Results of the assessment and advice will assist both the SARA program and the Fisheries Protection Program when considering potential impacts to species and habitats arising from projected increases in shipping traffic, and will provide information for consideration in the development and management of a protected areas network. This Science Advisory Report is from the February 24th, 2016 National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee (NMMPRC): Part II meeting"--Context, p. [1].

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Department/Agency Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Pacific Region.
Title Assessing the risk of ship strikes to humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) and fin (Balaenoptera physalus) whales off the west coast of Vancouver Island, Canada
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, science advisory report,
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Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Évaluation du risque de collision avec des navires pour le rorqual à bosse (Megaptera novaeangliae) et le rorqual commun (Balaenoptera physalus) au large de la côte ouest de l’île de Vancouver, au Canada. Caption title. "July 2017." Produced by: Centre for Science Advice, Pacific Region; published by: Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat.
Date 2017.
Number of Pages 10 p. :
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-6/2017-038E-PDF
Subject Terms Whales, Ships, Risk management