North Pacific Spiny Dogfish – Regional Listing Consultation Summary

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In November 2011, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed North Pacific Spiny Dogfish as Special Concern. Regional consultations were conducted to gather public feedback on this potential listing under the Species at Risk Act (SARA).  

Regional consultations were held online from November 14, 2012 to January 28, 2013. An online feedback form was available for the public to submit comments. Letters were mailed, emailed and faxed to Wildlife Management Boards and coastal First Nations requesting their input on this proposed listing and advising them of the opportunity to meet bilaterally with DFO. Letters were also mailed and emailed out to the Province of British Columbia, environmental interest groups, and stakeholder groups in the species’ range.  

A total of 12 comments were received; 3 comments were received in support of listing as Special Concern and 9 comments were received against listing as Special Concern.  

To view the Response Statement linked to the COSEWIC assessment of the North Pacific Spiny Dogfish, please click here.

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