Bull Trout Western Arctic Populations – Regional Listing Consultation Summary

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In November 2012, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus), Western Arctic populations, as Special Concern. These populations are now being considered for listing as Special Concern under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

Regional consultations were held online from November 15, 2013 to December 16, 2013. An online comment form was available for the public to submit comments. Letters were mailed, emailed and/or faxed to Wildlife Management Boards and First Nations in the species’ range requesting input on this proposed listing and offering an opportunity to meet bilaterally with DFO. Letters were also sent via email to the Province of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, environmental interest groups, and stakeholder groups in the species’ range. In early 2014, additional groups were identified and provided an opportunity to submit comments on the potential listing of Bull Trout; one additional comment form was received as a result.

A total of 7 comment form submissions were received: 5 were in support of listing as Special Concern, 1 was against listing as Special Concern, and 1 did not express an explicit position. In addition, 10 people submitted letters or emails: 3 were in support of listing as Special Concern, 1 was against listing as Special Concern, and 6 did not express an explicit position. One phone call was received; however an explicit position was not expressed.

To view the Response Statement linked to the COSEWIC assessment of the Bull Trout, Western Arctic populations, please click here.

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