Gulf Region - aquatic species at risk
The Gulf Region aquatic species at risk program is responsible for implementing the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and its main objectives, which are to prevent the extinction of wildlife species and promote the recovery of listed species. To accomplish this, the Species at Risk Program carries out a variety of activities related to these objectives, some in collaboration and with the support of other sectors of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). In carrying out these activities aimed at securing the recovery of species at risk, DFO also relies on the cooperation of other government agencies, Aboriginal communities, stakeholders, and the general public.
The activities led by the species at risk program begin when DFO receives species status assessments from the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). COSEWIC is an independent committee of experts who assess the situation of a given species based on the best available information, including scientific data, local ecological data, and Aboriginal traditional knowledge. DFO then develops a recommendation to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on whether or not to list the species under SARA.
The species at risk program works with other DFO programs to develop this recommendation. Different activities may be carried out, such as species recovery potential assessments, socio-economic analyses, and public consultations. Other programs are also called upon to work with the species at risk program on recovery activities such as recovery strategy and management planning and implementation, license issuance, and compliance monitoring.
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Consulting Canadians on issues related to species at risk is an integral part of SARA. Public, First Nations, and stakeholder engagement and involvement are an important part of many activities in the species at risk program. It is therefore essential that DFO consult with various groups on numerous aspects of the processes related to applying SARA.
DFO's consultation approach is based on the provisions in the following texts:
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Examples of success
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