Misty Lake Stickleback Draft Recovery Strategy - Consultation Summary
Misty Lake Lentic Stickleback and Misty Lake Lotic Stickleback (Misty Lake Sticklebacks) are listed as endangered species on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). As aquatic species, Misty Lake Sticklebacks fall under federal jurisdiction, and are managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).
DFO and the Province of British Columbia cooperated on the development of this draft document. Processes for coordination and consultation between the federal and British Columbian governments on management and protection of species at risk are outlined in the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Species at Risk (2005). The draft document was also sent to Parks Canada Agency and Environment Canada for review and comment.
In March 2011, a technical workshop was held to seek comments and input on the draft recovery strategy, and ensure the document incorporated the best technical and scientific expertise on these species. Participants of the technical workshop included scientific and technical experts from the University of British Columbia, both provincial Ministry of Environment and BC Parks staff, the Kwakiult First Nation, the Texada Stickleback Group, Acroloxus Wetlands Conservancy, and DFO.
The draft recovery strategy was posted to the DFO Pacific Region Consultation website for a public comment period from March 21 to April 23, 2012. This consultation period was primarily web-based, and included mail-outs of hard copy letters, emails, and faxes to First Nations whose claimed traditional territories overlap with Misty Lake watershed soliciting input and feedback on the draft recovery strategy. An initial draft of the recovery strategy, along with a discussion guide and feedback form, was made available on the website. Notification of this consultation period was also sent by electronic mail to a distribution list of stakeholders and environmental non-government organizations, and to the March 2011 Technical Workshop participants.
Two sets of comments were received during the regional consultation period: one from an academic and the other from industry. No comments were received from First Nations. Comments focused on population estimates, threats, the draft critical habitat and its implications for existing land use practices. Feedback received during this consultation period has been incorporated into the final recovery strategy as appropriate.
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