Reports and References

for Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)

Reports from BC Conservation Data Centre

BC Species Summary

Reports from Other Databases

E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Wildlife of British Columbia


Environment Canada's Species at Risk Website


Global Comprehensive Report (NatureServe Explorer)

Status Report

Canada Gazette. 2014. Order Amending Schedule 1 to the Species at Risk Act. Canada Gazette, Part I, Vol. 148 16:971:980


COSEWIC. 2003k. COSEWIC assessment and update status report on the humpback whale Megaptera novaeangliae in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. viii + 25 pp.


COSEWIC. 2011l. COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Humpback Whale Megaptera novaeangliae in Canada. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Ottawa. x + 32 pp.

Recovery and Management Plans

B.C. Ministry of Environment. Recovery Planning in BC. B.C. Minist. Environ. Victoria, BC.


Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2013. Recovery Strategy for the North Pacific Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Canada. Species at Risk Act Recovery Strategy Series. Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa. x + 67 pp.

Other Related References

Baker, C.S., D. Steel, J. Calambokidis, et al. 2013. Strong maternal fidelity and natal philopatry shape genetic structure in North Pacific humpback whales. Marine Ecology Progress Series 494: 291–306.


Calambokidis, J., E.A. Falcone, T.J. Quinn, et al. 2008. SPLASH: Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpback Whales in the North Pacific. Report to U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Seattle, WA. 57 pp.


Ford, J.K.B., A.L. Rambeau, R.M. Abernethy, et al. 2009. An assessment of the potential for recovery of humpback whales off the Pacific Coast of Canada. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2009/015. 33 pp.


Gabriele, C.M., and J.L. Neilson. 2020. Trends in Humpback Whale calving in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait. Pp. 130-133 in Ecosystem Status Report 2020 Gulf of Alaska. Ferris, B. and S. Zador (eds.). North Pacific Fishery Management Council.


Nichol, L.M., R. Abernethy, L. Flostrand, et al. 2010. Information relevant for the identification of Critical Habitats of North Pacific Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in British Columbia. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2009/116, 40 pp.


Taylor, B.L., S.J. Chivers, J. Larese, and W.F. Perrin. 2007. Generation length and percent mature estimates for IUCN assessments of cetaceans. Administrative Report LJ-07-01. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center. LaJolla, CA. 24 pp.


Wray, J., and E.M. Keen. 2020. Calving rate decline in humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) of northern British Columbia, Canada. Marine Mammal Science 36: 709-720.


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