Proceedings 2012/041

Proceedings of the Pre-COSEWIC Peer Review Meeting for Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus); February 28 to March 1, 2012

Chairperson: D. Bowen
Editor: L. Kruger

Summary

In fall 2011, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) included Atlantic Walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in their Call for Bids to update the status report in preparation for a re-assessment of this species. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), as the primary generator and archivist of information on marine species, is to provide COSEWIC with the best information available to ensure that an accurate assessment of the status of a species is undertaken. To that end, DFO held a peer review meeting on 28, 29 February and 1 March  2012 in Iqaluit, Nunavut, to peer review information relevant to the COSEWIC status assessment for Atlantic walrus. Meeting participants were from DFO Science and Species at Risk programs, relevant wildlife management boards, aboriginal organizations and communities, and COSEWIC sub-committees. In addition, the status report authors and an external expert from Greenland participated in the review. During the meeting, participants discussed a range of topics including calving, mortality, diet, catch history, movements, distribution and numbers, features walrus need in their environment to survive, threats, and special significance Atlantic walrus hold for Inuit.

This Proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions from the meeting and is available on the DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Website.

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