Science Advisory Report 2008/057
Advice on selective hunting of Eastern Canadian Arctic-West Greenland bowhead whales
To minimize impacts on the recovery of the Eastern Canadian Arctic and West Greenland population of bowhead whales this assessment concluded:
- Where possible, hunts should target juvenile bowhead whales (between 7.5 m and 13.5 m or between 24.6 feet and 44.3 feet in total length, or ≤ 4.5 m or 14.8 feet in skull length).
- Hunting of adult females should be minimized everywhere and avoided completely in Northern Foxe Basin.
- Northern Foxe Basin hunts should target only juveniles, because the adults there are likely to be reproductive females.
- To reduce the risk of taking adult females, hunters should avoid animals longer than 16.2 m or 53.2 feet in total length (> 5.4 m or 17.7 feet in skull length).
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