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Draft Recovery Strategy for the Salish Sucker

Consultation Summary

Photo: Salish Sucker. Photo credit: M. PearsonSalish sucker. Photo credit: M. Pearson
The Salish Sucker is listed as a threatened species on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). As an aquatic species, the Salish Sucker falls under federal jurisdiction, and is 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-B.C. Agreement on Species at Risk (2005).

Consultation on the draft Recovery Strategy occurred through posting the draft Recovery Strategy online for comments and community open houses and workshops held in Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs and Aldergrove. Letters containing the consultation weblink and offering the opportunity for bilateral meetings or participation in workshops were sent to 29 First Nations and tribal councils. Four First Nations representatives participated in workshops but no other responses to letters were received. Invitations to four workshops held in January and February 2011 were distributed by email to representatives from municipalities, regional districts, provincial ministries, federal agencies, industry, agriculture, environmental non-governmental organizations and stewardship groups. Input from 88 workshop participants on the draft Recovery Strategy was collected through records of discussion and workbooks filled out by participants.

Over 2400 letters containing the consultation weblink, information on community open houses and maps of proposed critical habitat areas were sent to private landowners whose properties contained or were adjacent to proposed critical habitat. Public notices advertising community meetings were also placed in five area newspapers in English and three area newspapers in French. Over 230 people attended community open houses held in Chilliwack, Harrison Hot Springs and Aldergrove. Comments on the draft recovery strategy were gathered through records of discussions and feedback forms submitted by attendees. Other comments on the draft Recovery Strategy were received through online feedback forms, emails and letters submitted directly to DFO.

Key concerns raised by stakeholders were fears regarding the future impacts of the Recovery Strategy and proposed critical habitat on existing land use practices and private lands, drainage maintenance issues, questions around the value and importance of the Salish Sucker and comments on stakeholders’ relationships with DFO. Most comments related to issues beyond the scope of the draft Recovery Strategy, which is based on the best available scientific information as required under SARA.

All feedback received was considered in the finalization of the Recovery Strategy. Suggestions and concerns related to the implementation of recovery for Salish Sucker will be considered in the action plan that will be developed for Salish Sucker and Nooksack Dace.