Paxton/Vananda Stickleback Species Pairs – Draft Action Plan Consultation Summary

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The draft Action Plan, 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 19 to September 17, 2014. A draft of the Action Plan, along with background information and a comment form, was made available on the website. Letters were mailed, e-mailed and faxed to First Nations organizations in the species’ range requesting input on this draft Action Plan 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 draft critical habitat notifying them of the consultation. The general public was notified by social media tweets and newspaper advertisements.

Comments were received from 6 respondents in the form of emails, phone calls, and online comment forms. Primary topics discussed included: existing protection mechanisms; additional threats; critical habitat identification (scientific rationale) and protection (implications for landowners and natural resource management); additional activities likely to destroy critical habitat; socio-economic costs; and, the importance of stewardship. All feedback received during the consultation period was considered in creating the final Action Plan.

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