Species Profile

Atlantic White-sided Dolphin

Scientific Name: Lagenorhynchus acutus
Taxonomy Group: Mammals
COSEWIC Range: Atlantic Ocean
COSEWIC Assessment Date and Status Change: April 1991
COSEWIC Status: Not at Risk
COSEWIC Status Criteria:
COSEWIC Reason for Designation: No identified direct threats to species in Canada at present.
COSEWIC History of Status Designation: Designated Not at Risk in April 1991.
SARA Status: No Schedule, No Status
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PLEASE NOTE: Not all COSEWIC reports are currently available on the SARA Public Registry. Most of the reports not yet available are status reports for species assessed by COSEWIC prior to May 2002. Other COSEWIC reports not yet available may include those species assessed as Extinct, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. In the meantime, they are available on request from the COSEWIC Secretariat.

3 record(s) found.

Permits and Related Agreements

  • Explanation for issuing licence(#QUE-LEP-002C-2019 ), persuant to the provisions of section 74 of SARA (2019-07-15)

    MICS conducts analysis on population dynamics, distribution and habitat use (e.g. identifying important habitat) and is also monitoring changes of these parameters over time. Further work includes the study of reproduction, genetic relatedness within and between populations, as well as toxicological assessments of these species. MICS also conducts social and behavioural studies on these species. The activities authorized by this licence consist of: 1. Making close and repeated approaches to Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Minke Whales, North Atlantic Right Whales and Sperm Whales with a vehicle within a distance of less than 100 metres. 2. Taking photography of marine mammals. 3. Collecting biopsy samples using a crossbow and biopsy darts of Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Minke Whales, and North Atlantic Right Whales, accordingly to the protocol approved by the Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee. 4. Tagging or marking and attaching suction cup on individuals of Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Killer Whales, Minke Whales, and North Atlantic Right Whales. 5. Using a UAV to obtain aerial pictures to identify individuals through photo-identification.
  • Explanation for issuing licence(#QUE-LEP-003B-2020 ), persuant to the provisions of section 74 of SARA (2020-06-23)

    The Marine Mammal Research and Education Group (GREMM), as part of the interventions carried out on behalf of the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (QMERN), may be called upon to participate in sampling operations for marine mammals and marine turtles in distress or dead. The GREMM is authorized to undertake the following activities: 1. Make repeated approaches to cetaceans including belugas, North Atlantic right whales, blue whales and fin whales within a distance of less than 100 m; 2. Document and photograph cetaceans including belugas, North Atlantic right whales, blue whales and fin whales; 3. Fly over cetaceans including belugas, North Atlantic right whales, blue whales and fin whales using a UAV to obtain aerial images to document the behaviour of individuals; 4. Tag cetaceans including belugas, North Atlantic right whales, Blue whales and fin whales; 5. Take (at the express request of veterinarians associated with the RQUMM and for diagnostic purposes) biopsies of cetaceans including belugas, North Atlantic right whales, blue whales and fin whales using a 22-gauge PaxArm rifle armed with a dart equipped with a sterile stainless steel dart, in accordance with the protocol approved by the Institutional Animal Protection Committee; 6. Collect biological samples from marine mammal and turtle carcasses; 7. Transport biological samples from marine mammals and turtles within Canada. 8. Perform first aid and blast sampling on live stranded cetaceans; 9. Interact with or move a marine mammal, including whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals for the purpose of assisting the marine mammal in situations of entanglement, stranding or entrapment, or injury or for the purpose of a necropsy or health assessment; 10. Release live stranded small cetaceans back into the water; 11. Capture and relocate pinnipeds that are detrimental to public safety.
  • Explanation for issuing other simliar documents(#QUE-LEP-006-2020 ), persuant to the provisions of section 74 of SARA (2020-06-23)

    The Quebec Centre for Wildlife Health (CQSAS), as part of the interventions carried out on behalf of the Quebec Marine Mammal Emergency Response Network (QMERN), may be called upon to participate in sampling operations for marine mammals and marine turtles in distress or dead. The CQSAS is authorized to undertake the following activities: 1. Take biological samples from carcasses of marine mammals and turtles listed as extirpated, endangered or threatened under SARA; 2. Transport biological samples of marine mammals and turtles within Canadian borders; 3. Perform first aid and blast sampling on live stranded cetaceans; 4. Release live stranded small cetaceans into the water; 5. Capture and relocation of pinnipeds that are detrimental to public security. 6. Necropsize marine mammal carcasses within the territorial limits of the Province of Québec. 7. Transporting and towing marine mammal carcasses within the territorial limits of the Province of Quebec; 8. Euthanize marine mammals not listed in Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act whose state of health indicates that the animal is doomed to certain and imminent death or whose behaviour represents a danger or threatens public safety.
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