Commission on Environmental Cooperation Humpback Whale Conservation Action Plan for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) North American Conservation Action Plan This NACAP, developed for the humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), resulted from a trinational workshop hosted by the CEC in San Francisco, California in March 2004 and benefited from the in-depth review of an extensive list of wildlife experts from diverse backgrounds from Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The humpback whale Action Plan is divided in eight sections, providing a trinational outlook related to the species. The initial four sections provide an updated account of the species and its current situation. The fifth section identifies the main causes of loss or decline and puts in perspective the ensuing sections related to current management and actions taken in each country, as well as public and commercial perception of the species and the threats it faces. Against this background, the last section offers a list of key trinational collaborative conservation actions. The identified actions address the following main objectives: 1. Support for the SPLASH initiative (Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks) 2. Reduce entanglement 3. Prevent ship strikes 4. Address impacts of ecotourism 5. Address acoustic impacts