What will it take? A return of 10 fish?
This email is to provide you with advance notification that the Governor in Council (GiC) is anticipating publishing in the Canada Gazette, Part II on July 24, 2019 its final decisions regarding the potential listing of Thompson River and Chilcotin River Steelhead Trout under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has previously consulted with you on the potential listing of Thompson River and Chilcotin River Steelhead Trout and we thank you for your contributions towards making these important decisions.
The Governor in Council (GiC) has decided that not listing Thompson River and Chilcotin River Steelhead Trout under the Species at Risk Act would result in the greatest overall benefits to current and future generations of Canadians and the conservation of these wildlife species. In making this decision the GiC considered: the emergency assessment and recommendation made by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada; science advice; the current and ongoing shared management of Steelhead Trout between the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia; the anticipated conservation outcomes of listing and not listing under SARA; actions that have been taken and which are planned for the conservation of Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead; a cost-benefit analysis; and the results of consultations, including Indigenous cultural significance information.
On July 11, 2019 the Governments of Canada and British Columbia announced a comprehensive Steelhead Action Plan containing new conservation measures that will: reduce mortality and increase survival of Thompson and Chilcotin Steelhead returning to rivers to spawn; improve freshwater conditions through habitat protection and restoration; and, increase science and monitoring activities. Our respective governments will move forward in close collaboration with Indigenous groups and stakeholders to implement measures that will work to restore these populations.
For further information on this decision you may wish to view the news release, Action Plan backgrounder, and the Species at Risk Public Registry.
Pacific Region Species at Risk Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 3S4