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Canadian government removes humpback whales off threatened species list

posted on 2014-04-23

The North Pacific population of humpback whales has been removed from the list of threatened species. This announcement followed the report from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada that stated that the numbers of whales have increased since the early 1990s, when they were on the verge of extinction, to now include more that 18,000 adults. This reclassification removes legal protection for the humpback habitat in that region and this may have an impact on the fate of the whales if the Northern Gateway Pipeline project is approved. Many fear that shipping traffic and toxic spills can threaten humpback whale's habitat.

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