COSEWIC Assessment and Status Report on the Grey Whale in Canada

The Grey Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) historically inhabited continental-shelf waters of the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. The species was extirpated in the North Atlantic, apparently by human hunting, before the end of the nineteenth century. In the North Pacific there are two stocks: west Pacific (“Korean”) and east Pacific (“Californian”). Both stocks were exploited by aborigines in ancient times and by commercial whalers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An international agreement in 1937 provided a degree of protection to Grey Whales.

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  • Author: Government of Canada, Environment Canada
  • Language of Document: Separate English/French
  • Document Type: Report
  • Pages: 40
  • Year: 2000