Given the incredible density of whales we currently enjoy in the Kitimat Fjord System, it is easy to forget the systematic eradication these giants sustained in the last century. But to puzzle properly over the trends we see today, we must nest them in the context of the events of the past.
This Backgrounder reviews the history of commercial whaling in British Columbia. It then takes a brief look at the patterns and trends revealed by the catch data with particular focus on humpback whales, the most common whale in the Bangarang study area.
This and other Backgrounders are available on the Reports page.