Speckled Dace - Draft Recovery Strategy Consultation Summary

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The draft Recovery Strategy, which included the identification of critical habitat and its anticipated protection mechanism, was posted to the DFO Pacific Region Consultation website for a public comment period from August 28 to October 14, 2014. A draft of the Recovery Strategy, along with background information, a discussion guide and comment form, was made available on the website. Letters were mailed, e-mailed and faxed to First Nations in the species’ range requesting input on this draft Recovery Strategy and offering an opportunity to meet with DFO for further discussions. E-mail notifications of the consultation were also sent to the Province of British Columbia, Environment Canada, environmental interest groups, academia, industry and other stakeholder groups in the species’ range. As well, letters were sent to private landowners proximate to the proposed critical habitat notifying them of the consultation. Plus, both advertisements in local newspapers and social media tweets were used to notify the public of the consultation.

No comment forms were received. One First Nation provided a letter with technical information on the species, plus a statement that all species are connected and water is sacred to their community. One inquiry was also received in relation to the recovery planning process and critical habitat protection. All feedback received was considered in the final recovery strategy.

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Right Whale - DFO Cetacean Research Program

Between 1951 and 2013, not a single North Pacific Right Whale was seen in Canadian waters. It is estimated that there are currently less than 50 of these Endangered whales in the eastern North Pacific Ocean. But on June 9, 2013, a DFO biologist had the experience of a lifetime, sighting a North Pacific Right Whale off the west coast of Haida Gwaii.

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