Recovery Plan for the Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus)

July 01, 1998

The long-term goal of this Plan is to promote the recovery of blue whale populations so that it becomes appropriate to remove them from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. The Plan identifies measures that must

The long-term goal of this Plan is to promote the recovery of blue whale populations so that it becomes appropriate to remove them from the list of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act. The Plan identifies measures that must be taken to protect and monitor the recovery of blue whale populations in the North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans. The key recommended actions of the proposed recovery program for the blue whale are to: (1) determine population structure of blue whales, (2) estimate population size and monitor trends in abundance, (3) identify and protect essential habitats, (4) minimize or eliminate human-caused injury and mortality, (5) coordinate state, federal, and international actions to implement recovery efforts.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/07/2018

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