Species at Risk Act (SARA) Consultations - Pacific Region
The purpose of Canada's Species at Risk Act (SARA) is to conserve, protect and recover endangered or threatened species, and to encourage the management of species of special concern to prevent them from becoming further at risk. The Act aims to prevent indigenous species from extirpation or extinction and preserve biodiversity within Canada.
Consultation is an integral part of SARA. Given that SARA emphasizes and relies on public, First Nations and stakeholder engagement and participation, it is vital that DFO undertakes meaningful consultations with a variety of groups for several aspects of the SARA process.
DFO is guided in its approach to consultation by provisions under the:
- Species at Risk Act
- Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Species at Risk
- Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
There are two main stages for which consultations are undertaken: listing and recovery planning. Please click on the links below to receive more information or provide feedback on species involved in either of these stages.
Did you know?
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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