Protection Status


Endangered Species Act

Near Threatened »

IUCN Red List

The narwhal is listed as near threatened, meaning it is is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

Appendix II »


The Canadian government instituted Narwhal Protection Regulations under the Fisheries Act in 1971. This made hunting narwhals illegal for anyone other than the Inuits. There is a catch limit of 5 narwhals a year per subsistence hunter and hunters are required to utilize every part of the narwhal.