Description of critical habitat of the Pugnose Shiner in Thousand Islands National Park of Canada and Big Creek, Long Point, St. Clair, and Wellers Bay national wildlife areas

The Pugnose Shiner (Notropis anogenus) is a freshwater fish species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as endangered. In Canada, the Pugnose Shiner is found in shallow, heavily vegetated coastal wetlands in five main regions of Ontario: the southern drainage of Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and the St. Lawrence River. It typically inhabits clear, well-vegetated, slow-moving or still waters. The Recovery Strategy for the Pugnose Shiner (Notropis anogenus) in Canada identifies critical habitat for the species in a number of areas, including a number of federally protected areas.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, subsection 58(1) of that Act applies, 90 days after publication of this notice, to the critical habitat of the Pugnose Shiner, as identified in the recovery strategy on the Species at Risk Public Registry, within the following federally protected areas: Thousand Islands National Park, the boundaries of which are described in Schedule 1 of the Canada National Parks Act, as well as the Big Creek Unit of Big Creek National Wildlife Area, Long Point National Wildlife Area, the St. Clair Unit of St. Clair National Wildlife Area, and Wellers Bay National Wildlife Area, the boundaries each of which are described in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act.

For greater certainty, critical habitat in Big Creek National Wildlife Area is identified within the contiguous waters and wetlands of the Big Creek Unit to the low head dike, saving and excepting the interior diked cell. For greater certainty, critical habitat in the St. Clair National Wildlife Area is identified as the contiguous waters and wetlands within the western diked marsh of the St. Clair Unit.

Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Katherine Patterson
Field Unit Superintendent
Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field Unit
Parks Canada Agency

Mary-Jane Roberts Director
Species at Risk Act Management and Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada