Westslope Cutthroat Trout (British Columbia Population) - Draft Management Plan Consultation Summary

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The draft Management Plan for Westslope Cutthroat Trout (British Columbia population), developed in cooperation with the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, was posted to the DFO Pacific Region Consultation website for a public comment period from October 7 to November 24, 2014. A draft of the Management 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 Management Plan and offering an opportunity to request further discussion with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. E-mail notifications of the consultation were also sent to the Province of British Columbia, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, regional and municipal governments, environmental interest groups, academia, industry, recreational fishery groups, and other stakeholder groups in the species’ range. The general public was notified by social media tweets.

Comments were received from 7 respondents during the consultation period in the form of a hardcopy letter, emails and online comment forms. Respondents included a landowner, a recreational fishery organization, a non-government environmental organization, industrial organizations, and a municipality. Primary topics discussed include: threats; fishery enforcement; hatchery practices; knowledge gaps; provincial and federal jurisdictions; stewardship; habitat compensation; and the socio-economic impacts of implementing the Management Plan. All feedback received during the consultation period is considered in developing the final Management Plan.

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