Conservation Management Plan for the Blue Whale A Recovery Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 2015-2025 1 | B l u e W h a l e C o n s e r v a ti o n M a n a g e m e n t P l a n Acknowledgements The Department of the Environment would like to acknowledge those who contributed to the development of this Recovery Plan. This Recovery Plan is based on the draft written by Dr Luciana Moller, Dr Kerstin Bilgmann and Catherine Attard of Flinders University of South Australia, and important contributions from state and territory government agencies, non-government organisations and the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. Maps were produced by the Department’s Environmental Resources and Information Branch. © Copyright Commonwealth of Australia, 2015. The Conservation Management Plan for the Blue Whale is licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia for use under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Australia licence with the exception of the Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, the logo of the agency responsible for publishing the report, content supplied by third parties, and any images depicting people. For licence conditions see: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ This report should be attributed as ‘Conservation Management Plan for the Blue Whale, Commonwealth of Australia 2015’. The Commonwealth of Australia has made all reasonable efforts to identify content supplied by third parties using the following format ‘© Copyright, [name of third party] ’. Disclaimer The views and opinions expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government or the Minister for the Environment. While reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that the contents of this publication are factually correct, the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the contents, and shall not be liable for any loss or damage that may be occasioned directly or indirectly through the use of, or reliance on, the contents of this publication. 2 | B l u e W h a l e C o n s e r v a ti o n M a n a g e m e n t P l a n Table of Contents Executive Summary...............................................................................................................................5 Introduction.......................................................................................................................................5 Recovery Objective............................................................................................................................5 Interim Recovery Objectives..............................................................................................................5 Blue Whale Biology............................................................................................................................6 Threats...............................................................................................................................................7 Actions...............................................................................................................................................8 1. Introduction.......................................................................................................................................9 1.1 Review of the Blue, Fin and Sei Whale Recovery Plan (2005-2010)...........................................10 1.2 Objectives and targets of the Conservation Management Plan for blue whales.......................11 Long-term recovery objective......................................................................................................11 Interim recovery objectives.........................................................................................................11 Performance of the plan and progress towards long-term objectives.........................................12 1.3 Defining population...................................................................................................................13 2. Legal Framework..............................................................................................................................14 2.1. International Conventions and Agreements.............................................................................14 2.2. National, State and Territory Legislation and Management Arrangements.............................14 National legisl

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