Critical Habitats of the Northeast Pacific Northern and Southern Resident Populations of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Order

SOR/2009-68

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Registration 2009-02-19

Critical Habitats of the Northeast Pacific Northern and Southern Resident Populations of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Order

Whereas the Northeast Pacific northern and southern resident populations of the killer whale (Orcinus orca) are wildlife species that are listed in the List of Wildlife Species at Risk set out in Schedule 1Footnote a to the Species at Risk ActFootnote b;

Whereas a recovery strategy for those species, entitled Recovery Strategy for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in Canada, has been prepared under subsection 37(1) of that Act and was included in the public registry, established under section 120 of that Act, on March 14, 2008;

Whereas section 3 of that recovery strategy identifies and describes the critical habitats of those species;

And whereas no portion of the critical habitats of those species that are specified in the annexed Order are in a place referred to in subsection 58(2) of that Act;

Therefore, the Minister of the Environment and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, pursuant to subsections 58(4) and (5) of the Species at Risk ActFootnote b, hereby make the annexed Critical Habitats of the Northeast Pacific Northern and Southern Resident Populations of the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) Order.

Ottawa, February 16, 2009

JIM PRENTICE
Minister of the Environment

Ottawa, February 12, 2009

GAIL SHEA
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Application

 Subsection 58(1) of the Species at Risk Act applies to the critical habitats of the Northeast Pacific northern and southern resident populations of the killer whale (Orcinus orca) described in the schedule.

Coming into Force

 The Order comes into force on the day on which it is registered.

SCHEDULE(Section 1)Description of Critical Habitats

Southern Resident Killer Whale Critical Habitat Boundaries

Described clockwise from the western boundary — all Latitudes are Decimal Degrees North; all Longitudes are Decimal Degrees West

Point DescriptionLatitude DegLatitude MinLongitude DegLongitude Min
1western boundary4829.6812444.31
24840.0212450.68
3Excluding waters north of the line joining (Sooke Inlet)4821.3012344.32
44820.3312342.90
5Excluding waters north of the line joining (Royal Roads, Esquimalt Hbr, Victoria Hbr)4824.2512328.97
64824.5712322.61
7Excluding waters west of the line joining (Cordova Channel and Sidney Channel)4829.6912318.61
84836.1212318.51
9Excluding waters west of the line joining (western half of Miners Channel and the waters west of Gooch Island)4837.0412318.49
104839.7012317.72
11Excluding waters west of the line joining (western half of Prevost Channel and Moresby Passage)4839.8812317.68
124842.9612319.63
13Excluding waters west of the line joining (western portion of Swanson Channel between Moresby Island and Prevost Island)4843.3412319.88
144848.8612322.70
15Excluding waters west of the line joining (western portion of Trincomali Channel between Prevost Island and Parker Island)4850.6612323.33
164852.6112323.92
17Excluding waters west of the line joining (western portion of Trincomali Channel between Parker Island and Galiano Island)4852.8512323.92
184853.0812323.76
194854.2812320.67
204855.3912321.98
21Excluding waters west of the line joining (western portion of southern Strait of Georgia)490.0012318.88
224910.3912322.82
234913.5812321.97
244913.5812321.97
25Excluding waters north of the line joining (portion of southern Strait of Georgia)4914.0012321.09
264914.1812319.22
274913.7912317.21
284913.7912317.21
294912.8712315.75
30Excluding waters north and east of the line joining (portion of southern Strait of Georgia)499.0112316.48
31And bounded on the east and south by Point Roberts and the United States Border493.391239.24
32493.471238.48

Northern Resident Killer Whale Critical Habitat Boundaries

Described clockwise from the western boundary — all Latitudes are Decimal Degrees North; all Longitudes are Decimal Degrees West

Point DescriptionLatitude DegLatitude MinLongitude DegLongitude Min
1Western boundary (Vancouver Island to Numas Island)5036.9812711.00
25046.241276.76
3Northern boundary (Numas Island to Broughton Island)5046.271275.26
45046.4112648.27
5Northern boundary (Broughton Island to Screen Island / Eden Island)5046.1312647.30
65044.9512643.55
7boundary line running from Eden Island to Crib Island (including waters of Queen Charlotte Strait and excluding waters of Trainer Passage)5044.7912643.22
85043.6712642.73
9boundary line running from Crib Island to House Islet (including waters of Queen Charlotte Strait and excluding waters of Arrow and Spring Passages)5043.3312642.58
105040.1612641.21
11boundary line running from House Islet to Swanson Island (including waters of Queen Charlotte Strait and excluding waters of Knight Inlet)5040.1612641.21
125037.7512643.86
13boundary line running from Swanson Island to Compton Island (including waters of Blackfish Sound excluding waters of West Passage)5036.0612641.77
145035.8412641.42
15boundary line running from Compton Island to Harbledown Island (including waters of Blackfish Sound excluding waters of Whitebeach Passage)5035.5012640.86
165035.3812640.68
17boundary line running from Harbledown Island to Parson Island (including waters of Blackfish Sound excluding waters of Parson Bay)5035.1912640.93
185034.4312640.73
19boundary line running from Parson Island to West Cracroft Island (including waters of Blackfish Sound excluding waters of Baronet Passage)5033.6512639.95
205032.9812639.73
Waters of western Johnstone Strait bounded on the north by West Cracroft Island, the mainland, Hardwicke Island and West Thurlow Island with no exclusions except:
24boundary line running from West Cracroft Island to the mainland (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of Havannah Channel)5031.3212620.35
255031.0912617.05
26boundary line running from the mainland to Hardwicke Island (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of Sunderland Channel)5028.461262.54
275026.5712557.94
28boundary line running from Hardwicke Island to Eden Point on West Thurlow Island (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of Chancellor Channel)5024.5812548.29
295023.9112547.38
30boundary line running from Eden Point to Tyee Point on West Thurlow Island (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of Vere Cove)5023.9112547.38
315023.2612547.06
32Eastern boundary line running from West Thurlow Island (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of eastern Johnstone Strait and Mayne Passage)5023.4212534.39
335021.8812534.23
Waters of western Johnstone Strait bounded on the south by Vancouver Island – no exclusions except:
35boundary line running from Graveyard Point to Kelsey Bay Harbour on Vancouver Island (including waters of western Johnstone Strait excluding waters of Salmon Bay)5023.4512556.71
365023.8012557.62
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