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Canada downgrades humpback whale conservation status

April 29, 2014

A four percent yearly increase in the North Pacific humpback whale population has spurred the Canadian government to change humpback conservation status from endangered to ‘species of special concern’.
Wildlife Extra News reports the move follows the findings of the increase made in 2011 by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Karen Wristen, executive director of the Living Oceans Society has told CBC News the status change will remove an obstacle for a new oil pipeline through the whale’s habitat.
She said the downgrading is “simply political” because the whales need their habitat waters in Canada to be safe from ship strikes.
The Australian East Coast Humpback Population that visits the Great Barrier Reef every year via the Gold Coast has been increasing by 10 percent a year.

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