Description of Critical Habitat of the Lake Chubsucker in Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Long Point National Wildlife Area, St. Clair National Wildlife Area, and Point Pelee National Park of Canada

SPECIES AT RISK ACT

Description of critical habitat of the Lake Chubsucker in Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Long Point National Wildlife Area, St. Clair National Wildlife Area, and Point Pelee National Park of Canada

The Lake Chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta) is a species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) as a threatened species. It is a freshwater fish found in southwestern Ontario, in heavily vegetated and stagnant bays, channels, ponds and swamps and is a member of the sucker family. It typically inhabits clear, well-vegetated, slow-moving or still waters. Critical habitat for Lake Chubsucker is identified and described in full in the Recovery Strategy for the Lake Chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta) in Canada.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of SARA, critical habitat of the Lake Chubsucker in Big Creek National Wildlife Area (NWA), Long Point NWA, St. Clair NWA and Point Pelee National Park is described as follows:

For spawn and fertilized eggs of the Lake Chubsucker, critical habitat consists of shallow waters that are zero to two metres in depth located within bays, ponds, marshes and lower reaches of tributaries with abundant submerged aquatic vegetation; spawning occurs from April to June when water temperatures are approximately 20°C. For young-of-the-year, juvenile, and adult Lake Chubsucker, critical habitat consists of shallow calm waters that are zero to two metres in depth having sand, silt, clay or organic debris substrates, abundant vegetation and low turbidity. Information regarding other areas of Lake Chubsucker critical habitat (including maps) can be found on the Species at Risk Public Registry Web site.

Within the following identified areas, critical habitat is defined as the habitats that meet the above described functional habitat requirements for one or more Lake Chubsucker life stages, excluding permanent anthropogenic features.

Big Creek National Wildlife Area

Critical habitat is identified as the contiguous waters and wetlands within the northern portion of the diked marsh in Big Creek NWA that are located in all those parcels of land, in the regional municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk, in the township of Norfolk, formerly in the geographic township of South-Walsingham, County of Norfolk, and lying within the following described boundaries saving and excepting any permanently dry lands, any open water where water depths exceed two metres, and any existing anthropogenic structures (for example water control structures):

Commencing within the Big Creek Unit of Big Creek NWA at point on a dyke at UTM NAD83, Zone 17 coordinates being Northing 4715798 metres and Easting 545191 metres, more or less;

THENCE, westerly along the boundary of said dyke to a point at UTM NAD83, Zone 17 coordinates being Northing 4715439 metres and Easting 544568 metres, more or less;

THENCE, northwesterly along the boundary of said dyke to the point of commencement.

Long Point National Wildlife Area

Critical habitat is identified as the contiguous waters and wetlands in both the Thoroughfare Point and Long Point Units of the Long Point NWA, including the ponds along the spit that forms the boundary of Long Point Bay saving and excepting any permanently dry lands, any open water where water depths exceed one metre, and any existing anthropogenic structures.

Long Point NWA is described in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act and repeated herein as all those parcels of land, in the regional municipality of Haldimand-Norfolk, in the township of Norfolk, formerly in the geographic township of South-Walsingham, County of Norfolk, described under Firstly to Fourthly as follows:

Firstly, the whole of Block 1, the easterly 3/4 of Block 2, the whole of Block 3 to Block 5 inclusive and the whole of Lot 1, of Block 7; as said Lot and Blocks are patented by Instrument No. 380362, in the Land Registry Office for the Land Registry Division of Norfolk (No. 37) at Simcoe, dated December 29, 1977;

Secondly, the whole of Block 6, the whole of Lots 2 to 11 inclusive of Block 7 and the whole of Block 8 to Block 12 inclusive; excepting thereout of said Block 12, that part designated Part 1, according to plan 37R-1354, deposited in said Land Registry Office; as said Lots, and Blocks are patented by Instrument No. 390158 in said Land Registry Office, dated April 11, 1979;

Thirdly, that part of Block 16, which is designated as Part 1 on deposited plan 37R-1303 in the said Land Registry Office, dated July 18, 1978, as said part is patented by said Instrument No. 390158;

Fourthly, the whole of Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 on deposited plan 37R-2507 in said Land Registry Office, as said parts are patented by said Instrument No. 390158 and identified therein as Parcels “B”, and “BB”;

Included within the said Lots, Blocks and Parts described in Firstly to Fourthly above are all the lands adjacent to the said Lots, Blocks and Parts that on the 4th day of May, 1866, lay outside the traverse lines of survey of the outlines of said LONG POINT and shown on a plan of survey by James Black, Provincial Land Surveyor, and dated April 24, 1856; Saving and excepting from the above described Lots, Blocks and Parts, a strip of land along the water’s edge of Lake Erie and Long Point Bay, having a depth of 132 feet from said water’s edge; said strip being excepted for fishing purposes, but reserving always free access across the same in the rear thereof as set out in the original grant from the Crown for the said Lots and Blocks.

St. Clair National Wildlife Area

Critical habitat is identified as the contiguous waters and wetlands of the entire western diked marsh in the St. Clair Unit of the St. Clair NWA that are located in all those parcels of land, in the County of Kent, in the township of Dover west, designated as lots 1, 2 and 3, in concession 4 in a deed between The Dover Marshes Limited and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, registered in the [Ontario] Land Registry Office for the registration division of the County of Kent at Chatham as Instrument No. 283843; and lying within the following described boundaries saving and excepting any permanently dry lands, any open water where water depths exceed two metres, and any existing anthropogenic structures (for example water control structures):

Commencing within the St. Clair Unit of St. Clair National Wildlife Area at a point at the southernmost corner of Lot 3, in concession 4 at UTM NAD83, Zone 17, Northing 4690696 metres and Easting 384233 metres, more or less;

THENCE, northwesterly in a straight line following the boundary of Lot 3, in concession 4 to a dyke at UTM NAD83, Zone 17, Northing 4691548 metres and Easting 383492 metres, more or less;

THENCE, northeasterly following the boundary of said dyke to the boundary of Lot 3, in concession 4 at UTM NAD83, Zone 17, Northing 4691857 metres and Easting 383587 metres, more or less;

THENCE, northeasterly in a straight line following the boundary of lots 3, 2 and 1 of concession 4 to a dyke at UTM NAD83, Zone 17, Northing 4692739 metres and Easting 384594 metres, more or less;

THENCE, southerly following said dyke to the point of commencement.

Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Critical habitat is identified as those open and shallow waters historically and presently known as Girardin Pond and Redhead Pond within Point Pelee National Park of Canada, as identified on the National Topographic Series map 40 G/15 (Edition 7, published in 2001), that meet the functional habitat requirements for one or more Lake Chubsucker life stages as described above.

August 20, 2010

GAIL SHEA
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

ROD BLAIR
Field Unit Superintendent
Southwestern Ontario Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency

ROBERT MCLEAN
Executive Director
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada

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