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Species at Risk Act - Legal Listing Consultation Workbook, Striped bass, St-Lawrence Estuary Population

Your opinion is being sought by the Canadian Government in order to make an informed decision concerning the addition of the striped bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population) to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk, as presented in Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

To date, no Canadian striped bass population had been given any status according to federal legislation. Nonetheless, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed the situation of the striped bass in November 2004. Because the COSEWIC designated the striped bass of the St. Lawrence Estuary as an “extirpated” species, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must now determine whether it should recommend to the Governor in Council that it be added to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. The same is true for the southern Gulf and Bay of Fundy populations, which are both designated as “threatened” species. Before deciding how to proceed, the federal government wishes to consult Canadians, particularly those concerned and interested by this species, to obtain their opinion in order to properly determine the social and economic impacts, both positive and negative, of the addition of the striped bass to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. With this in mind, there will be a regional consultation for each striped bass population. This consultation workbook was therefore designed only for the St. Lawrence Estuary population.

We encourage you to answer the questions (any or all) at the end of this workbook. We also invite you to add any comment you consider relevant. You can be assured that your answers and comments will be taken into consideration in the decision-making process. To make sure your comments are considered, responses are required before:

March 31, 2006

You can download a copy of this consultation workbook and find additional information regarding SARA and the striped bass at the following Internet address:

http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca

This document is available in PDF format (161 KB)

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