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COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the Harbour Seal Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies and Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies in Canada

COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report
on the
Harbour Seal
Phoca vitulina
Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies (Phoca vitulina concolor)
Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies (Phoca vitulina mellonae)

in Canada

Harbour Seal

Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies – not at risk
Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies – endangered

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. 2007. COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the harbour seal Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies Phoca vitulina concolor and Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies Phoca vitulina mellonae in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. vii + 40 pp.

Previous reports

COSEWIC. 1999. (unpublished report). COSEWIC assessment and status report on the harbour seal Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies Phoca vitulina in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. x + 25 pp.

Smith, J. Richard. 1996. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the harbour seal Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies Phoca vitulina mellonae in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. 17 pp.

Production note

COSEWIC would like to acknowledge Rick Smith for writing the update status report on the harbour seal, Atlantic and Eastern Arctic subspecies, Phoca vitulina concolor, and Lacs des Loups Marins subspecies, Phoca vitulina mellonae, in Canada, prepared under contract with Environment Canada, overseen and edited by Dr. Andrew Trites, Co-chair, COSEWIC Marine Mammals Specialist Subcommittee.

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
COSEWIC E-mail
COSEWIC Website

Également disponible en français sous le titre Évaluation et Rapport de situation du COSEPAC sur le phoque commun de la sous-espèce Atlantique et Arctique (Phoca vitulina concolor) et de la sous-espèce Lacs des Loups Marins (Phoca vitulina mellonae) au Canada – Mise à jour.

Cover illustration

Harbour Seal – Provided by S. Stevens

©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2008.
Catalogue No. CW69-14/78-2008E-PDF
ISBN 978-0-662-48449-3

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