Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessment Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act

Vol. 139, No. 24 -- November 30, 2005

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SI/2005-115 November 30, 2005

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Order Acknowledging Receipt of the Assessment Done Pursuant to Subsection 23(1) of the Act

P.C. 2005-1940 November 15, 2005

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, hereby acknowledges receipt of the assessments done pursuant to subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (see footnote a) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) with respect to the species set out in the annexed Schedule.

SCHEDULE

ENDANGERED SPECIES

MAMMALS

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Eastern Hudson Bay population
Béluga, population de l'est de la baie d'Hudson

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Ungava Bay population
Béluga, population de la baie d'Ungava

Whale, North Pacific Right (Eubalaena japonica)
Baleine noire du Pacifique Nord

BIRDS

Sapsucker, Williamson's (Sphyrapicus thyroideus)
Pic de Williamson

REPTILES

Turtle, Blanding's (Emydoidea blandingii) Nova Scotia population
Tortue mouchetée, population de la Nouvelle-Écosse

FISH

Porbeagle (Lamna nasus)
Maraîche

Sturgeon, White (Acipenser transmontanus)
Esturgeon blanc

ARTHROPODS

Flower Moth, White (Schinia bimatris)
Héliotin blanc satiné

Skipper, Ottoe (Hesperia ottoe)
Hespéri Ottoé

PLANTS

Campion, Spalding's (Silene spaldingii)
Silène de Spalding

Chestnut, American (Castanea dentata)
Châtaignier d'Amérique

Lupine, Dense-flowered (Lupinus densiflorus)
Lupin densiflore

Meconella, White (Meconella oregana)
Méconelle d'Orégon

Owl-clover, Grand Coulee (Orthocarpus barbatus)
Orthocarpe barbu

Phacelia, Branched (Phacelia ramosissima)
Phacélie rameuse

Spike-primrose, Dense (Epilobium densiflorum)
Epilobe densiflore

MOSSES

Cord-moss, Rusty (Entosthodon rubiginosus)
Entosthodon rouilleux

THREATENED SPECIES

MAMMALS

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Cumberland Sound population
Béluga, population de la baie Cumberland

Whale, Fin (Balaenoptera physalus) Pacific population
Rorqual commun, population du Pacifique

REPTILES

Racer, Eastern Yellow-bellied (Coluber constrictor flaviventris)
Couleuvre agile à ventre jaune de l'Est

Turtle, Blanding's (Emydoidea blandingii) Great Lakes / St. Lawrence population
Tortue mouchetée, population des Grands Lacs et du Saint-Laurent

FISH

Sculpin, "Eastslope" (Cottus sp.) St. Mary and Milk River populations
Chabot du versant est, populations des rivières St. Mary et Milk

ARTHROPODS

Flower Moth, Verna's (Schinia verna)
Héliotin de Verna

PLANTS

Fern, Mountain Holly (Polystichum scopulinum)
Polystic des rochers

Iris, Dwarf Lake (Iris lacustris)
Iris lacustre

Meadowfoam, Macoun's (Limnanthes macounii)
Limnanthe de Macoun

Paintbrush, Cliff (Castilleja rupicola)
Castilléjie des rochers

Phlox, Showy (Phlox speciosa ssp. occidentalis)
Phlox de l'Ouest

Rue-anemone, False (Enemion biternatum)
Isopyre à feuilles biternées

Sedge, Baikal (Carex sabulosa)
Carex des sables

Thistle, Hill's (Cirsium hillii)
Chardon de Hill

MOSSES

Moss, Alkaline Wing-nerved (Pterygoneurum kozlovii)
Ptérygoneure de Koslov

SPECIES OF SPECIAL CONCERN

MAMMALS

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Eastern High Arctic - Baffin Bay population
Béluga, population de l'est du Haut-Arctique et de la baie de Baffin

Whale, Beluga (Delphinapterus leucas) Western Hudson Bay population
Béluga, population de l'ouest de la baie d'Hudson

Whale, Fin (Balaenoptera physalus) Atlantic population
Rorqual commun, population de l'Atlantique

BIRDS

Murrelet, Ancient (Synthliboramphus antiquus)
Guillemot à cou blanc

REPTILES

Racer, Western Yellow-bellied (Coluber constrictor mormon)
Couleuvre agile à ventre jaune de l'Ouest

FISH

Pickerel, Grass (Esox americanus vermiculatus)
Brochet vermiculé

Sturgeon, Green (Acipenser medirostris)
Esturgeon vert

PLANTS

Goldenrod, Houghton's (Solidago houghtonii)
Verge d'or de Houghton

Pondweed, Hill's (Potamogeton hillii)
Potamot de Hill

Quillwort, Prototype (Isoetes prototypus)
Isoète prototype

Rose-mallow, Swamp (Hibiscus moscheutos)
Ketmie des marais

LICHENS

Glass-whiskers, Frosted (Sclerophora peronella) Nova Scotia population
Sclérophore givré, population de la Nouvelle-Écosse

MOSSES

Cord-moss, Banded (Entosthodon fascicularis)
Entosthodon fasciculé

Moss, Pygmy Pocket (Fissidens exilis)
Fissident pygmée

EXPLANATORY NOTE

(This note is not part of the Order.)

The Order acknowledges receipt by the Governor in Council of the assessments of the status of 46 species done pursuant to paragraph 15(1)(a) and in accordance with subsection 23(1) of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). The purpose of SARA is to prevent wildlife species from being extirpated or becoming extinct, to provide for the recovery of wildlife species that are extirpated, endangered or threatened as a result of human activity and to manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened.

SARA provides for assessments of indigenous Canadian wildlife species by establishing COSEWIC as an independent scientific body. COSEWIC meets once or twice annually to review information collected on species and assigns each species to one of seven categories -- Extinct, Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened, Special Concern, Data Deficient or Not at Risk. Under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA, the Governor in Council, within nine months after receiving an assessment of the status of a species by COSEWIC, may review that assessment and may, on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment, accept the assessment and add the species to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk set out in Schedule 1 to SARA (the List), decide not to add the species to the List, or refer the matter back to COSEWIC for further information or consideration. Before making a recommendation in respect of aquatic species, the Minister of the Environment must consult with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.

The Order of the Governor in Council acknowledging receipt of COSEWIC's assessment on the recommendation of the Minister of the Environment is the first step in this process. The 46 species that are the subject of the Order are species that the Minister of the Environment is considering for the purpose of their possible listing in Schedule 1 to SARA by the Governor in Council. These species were assessed as being extirpated, endangered, threatened or of special concern at COSEWIC's November 2003, May and November 2004 and May 2005 meetings.

The Minister of the Environment will take into account the assessments of these species and will consult with the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans as competent Minister for aquatic species, as well as provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal peoples, wildlife management boards, stakeholders, and the Canadian public. Consultation documents have been prepared and circulated to stakeholder groups as well as posted on the Species at Risk Act Public Registry website (www.sararegistry.gc.ca). Once the consultation process is complete, the Minister of the Environment will make recommendations to the Governor in Council for the purpose of decisions made under subsection 27(1.1) of SARA.

Footnote a

S.C. 2002, c. 29