Species Profile

Blue Shark North Pacific population

Scientific Name: Prionace glauca
Other/Previous Names: Blue Shark (Pacific population)
Taxonomy Group: Fishes
Range: British Columbia, Pacific Ocean
Last COSEWIC Assessment: November 2016
Last COSEWIC Designation: Not at Risk
SARA Status: No schedule, No Status

Individuals of this species may be protected under Schedule 1 under another name; for more information see Schedule 1, the A-Z Species List, or if applicable, the Related Species table below.

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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

COSEWIC Status Reports

  • COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Blue Shark Prionace glauca (Atlantic and Pacific populations) in Canada (2006)

    The blue shark (Prionace glauca) is long and slender with distinctive blue coloration on dorsal and lateral surfaces. They are widespread and highly migratory with some evidence of movement between hemispheres although most tagging studies suggest that blue sharks are largely separated by hemispheres. The North Atlantic and North Pacific populations are considered as two designatable units because they are geographically isolated by the continental landmass of North America: there is no evidence of movement between ocean basins. The population structure is not well defined from a genetic point of view. In French this species is known as requin bleu.

COSEWIC Assessments

COSEWIC Annual Reports

  • COSEWIC Annual Report - 2006 (2006)

    2006 Annual Report to the The Minister of the Environment and the Canadian Endangered Species Conservation Council (CESCC) from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.