Killer whale judgment released – Canada still has responsible government

Killer whale judgment released – Canada still has responsible government

12/10/2010

The Federal Court released a very important decision earlier this week on the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales and the protection of their habitat under federal Species At Risk Act (SARA). The Southern Resident Killer Whales are listed as endangered under SARA and the Northern Resident Killer Whales are listed as threatened.

The decision confirms that SARA requires mandatory legal protection that is enforceable for all the features of critical habitat identified in a recovery strategy.  It goes beyond the previous decisions of the Federal Court by addressing what constitutes “legal protection” under SARA once critical habitat is identified.

Read “Killer whale judgment released” on the ELC blog.

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