Earlier this year, we determined the species was facing imminent threat, requiring immediate intervention to facilitate the survival and eventual recovery of the species. The Southern Resident Killer Whale is an iconic and culturally significant species that is currently threatened by a lack of availability of prey, acoustic and physical disturbances caused by marine vessels, and contaminants in the water.
Positive outcomes for these whales can be achieved by making evidence-based decisions, and working in collaboration with stakeholders and marine users.Our government is making a real, long-term and sustained effort to help these whales recover. The additional measures announced on October 31, 2018, focus on increasing prey, reducing disturbance and contaminants serve to strengthen our previous efforts and fill identified gaps.
The Canadian Government is committed to the protection and recovery of the iconic and culturally significant Southern Resident killer whale. We are committing $61.5 million to help these whales recover, building on the approximately $800 million in investments to date under the Oceans Protections Plan which directly and indirectly benefits these whales and the $167 million in Budget 2018 dedicated to protecting endangered whales.