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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Beluga Whale in Canada

COSEWIC
Assessment and Update Status Report
on the
Beluga Whale
Delphinapterus Leucas

Eastern Hudson Bay Population
Ungava Bay Population
Cumberland Sound Population
St. Lawrence Estuary Population
Eastern High Arctic/Baffin Bay Population
Western Hudson Bay Population
Eastern Beaufort Sea Population

in Canada

Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas)

Eastern Hudson Bay Population - Endangered
Ungava Bay Population - Endangered
Cumberland Sound Population - Threatened
St. Lawrence Estuary Population - Threatened
Eastern High Arctic/Baffin Bay Population - Special Concern
Western Hudson Bay Population - Special Concern
Eastern Beaufort Sea Population - Not at Risk

2004



COSEWIC
Committee on the Status
of Endangered Wildlife
in Canada
COSEWIC logo


COSEPAC

Comité sur la situation
des espèces en péril
au Canada


COSEWIC status reports are working documents used in assigning the status of wildlife species suspected of being at risk. This report may be cited as follows:

COSEWIC 2004. COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa.  ix + 70 pp.
(Species at Risk Status Reports)

Previous Report:

Pippard, L. 1983. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (St. Lawrence River population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 46 pp.

Finley, K.J., J.P. Hickie and R.A. Davis. 1985. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Beaufort Sea/Arctic Ocean population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 24 pp.

Reeves, R.R. and E. Mitchell. 1988. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Eastern Hudson Bay population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 60 pp.

Reeves, R.R. and E. Mitchell. 1988. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Ungava Bay population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 60 pp.

Richard, P.R. 1990. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Southeast Baffin Island/Cumberland Sound population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 29 pp.

Doidge, D.W. and K.J. Finley. 1992. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Eastern High Arctic/Baffin Bay population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 45 pp.

Richard, P. 1993. COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (Western Hudson Bay population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 27 pp.

Lesage, V. and M.C.S. Kingsley. 1997. Update COSEWIC status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas (St. Lawrence River population) in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Widlife in Canada. Ottawa. 31 pp.

Production Notes:

COSEWIC acknowledges Thomas G. Smith for writing the update status report on the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas in Canada. The report was overseen and edited by Hal Whitehead, COSEWIC Marine Mammals Species Specialist Subcommittee Co-chair. The Beluga Whale (Cumberland Sound population) was formerly designated by COSEWIC as Beluga Whale (Southeast Baffin Island/Cumberland Sound population). The Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence Estuary population) was formerly designated by COSEWIC as Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence River population). The structure of the southeast Baffin Island/Cumberland Sound population has been redefined and named Cumberland Sound population. The southeast Baffin Island population has been included as part of the western Hudson Bay population.

For additional copies contact:

COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa ON
K1A 0H3

Tel.: 819–953–3215
Fax: 819–994–3684
E-mail: COSEWIC/COSEPAC@ec.gc.ca
http://www.cosewic.gc.ca

Également disponible en français sous le titre Évaluation et Rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur la Béluga (Delphinaptenus leucas) au Canada – Mise à jour.

Cover illustration:
Beluga whale -- D. Codère, E.M.C. Marine Corporation.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada 2004
Catalogue No.: CW69-14/380-2004E-PDF
ISBN: 0-662-37300-6
HTML: CW69-14/380-2004E-HTML
0-662-37301-4

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