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Species at Risk Act - Legal Listing Consultation Workbook, Fin whale (Atlantic Population)

Your opinion is being sought by the Canadian Government in order to make an informed decision concerning the addition of the fin whale (Atlantic population) to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk, as presented in Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

The status of the fin whale (Atlantic and Pacific populations combined) was first assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in April 1987, and designated it as being “of special concern”. In May 2002, after a COSEWIC reassessment, Atlantic fin whales and those from the Pacific were considered as two distinct populations. The Atlantic population retains its “of special concern” status, while the Pacific population is designated as being “threatened”. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must now decide whether to recommend that the Governor in Council adds the species to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Before deciding how to proceed, the federal government wishes to consult Canadians, particularly those directly concerned, to obtain their opinion in order to properly determine the social and economic impacts, both positive and negative, of the addition of the fin whale to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. This consultation workbook was therefore designed with this objective in mind.

We encourage you to answer the questions (any or all) at the end of this workbook. We also invite you to add any comment you consider relevant. You can be assured that your answers and comments will be taken into consideration in the decision-making process. To make sure your comments are considered, responses are required before:


December 31, 2005

You can download a copy of this consultation workbook and find additional information regarding SARA at the following Internet address: