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Species at Risk Act and Pacific salmon

We work to inform Species at Risk Act salmon listing decisions and to collaboratively produce recovery strategies and action plans for all salmon species that are endangered or threatened

Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) is a result of the implementation of the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy, which is in response to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The Act’s purpose is to prevent wildlife species from becoming extinct, and to provide for their recovery and management.

Pacific salmon at risk

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC), an independent advisory panel, has already assessed Sakinaw Salmon (endangered; 2016), Interior Fraser Coho (threatened; 2016), Okanagan Chinook (endangered; 2017), Fraser Sockeye (24 Designatable Units [DUs] total: 8 endangered; 2 threatened; 5 special concern; 9 not at risk; 2017), and will be assessing Southern BC Chinook. Refer to individual species profiles below to learn about what threats they are facing and why they are considered at risk.

What we are doing

If a species is assessed as at risk by COSEWIC, the Government of Canada must respond in one of 3 ways: listing the species under SARA, declining to list the species under SARA, or referring the species back to COSEWIC for further consideration.

We are currently considering those salmon that have been COSEWIC-assessed as at risk for listing under SARA. Refer to individual species profiles below to learn about what specific measures are being undertaken to mitigate threats.

To participate in consultations on the potential listing of Pacific Salmon species under SARA please check the Species at Risk Public Registry for upcoming opportunities.

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