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Legal Listing consultation workbook of Cusk

Your opinion

Commercial fishing, sport fishing, First Nation food and ceremonial fishing, industrial use and conservation needs are all considered when the government makes decisions about conservation policies and programs. How would you rate the importance of these considerations if you were making decisions about the management of aquatic species at risk?

 

 

 Very Low PrioritySomewhat Low PriorityModerate PrioritySomewhat High PriorityVery High Priority
Recreational Fishing     
Commercial Fishing      
Marine Industries     
Conservation     
First Nations Food and Ceremonial Fishing     

Do you have any other comments about how conservation priorities should be determined? If so, please use the space below.

 


Your Awareness about Aquatic Species at Risk in the Maritimes

This table shows a number of listed and proposed species at risk in the Maritimes (COSEWIC designations are provided). For each, please indicate your knowledge of this species.

 Iam not familiar with this speciesI am somewhat familiar with this speciesI am very familiar with this species
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)   
LakeUtopiaDwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)   
Leatherback Turtle(current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)   
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)   
Porbeagle Shark (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Yellow Lampmussel (proposed SARA status: special concern)   


Your Opinions about Conservation Priorities forAquatic Species at Risk in Atlantic Canada

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of what level of priority should be placed on conservation efforts for this species.

 Very Low Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat Low Conser-vation PriorityModerate Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat High Conser-vation PriorityVery High Conser-vation PriorityI am not Familiar with this Species so Cannot Say
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)      
Lake Utopia Dwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)      
Leatherback Turtle (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)      
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)      
Porbeagle Shark(proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Yellow Lampmussel(proposed SARA status: special concern)      

Your Opinions about Threats to Cusk

Please indicate your opinion about how significant a threat this factor is to the cusk population in Canadian waters.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Fishing by Lobster Fishers using Traps      
Fishing by Snow Crab Fishers using Traps      
Fishing by Groundfish Fishers using Handlines      
Fishing by Groundfish Fishers using Gillnets      
Fishing by Groundfish Fishers using Longlines      
Fishing by Groundfish Fishers using Trawl Nets      
Fishing by American Fishers in U.S.A. Waters      
Seismic Exploration      
Oil & Gas Drilling/Production Activities      
Contamination by Human Pollutants      
Climate Change and Effects on Marine Ecosystems      

Do you have any comments about other possible activities or factors that may threaten cusk survival and recovery? If so, please use the space below.

 

 

 

Your Opinions about Possible Interventions to HelpCusk Conservation and Recovery

For each factor, please indicate what level of impact you think this measure will have on cusk recovery.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Conduct Scientific Research to Better Understand Cusk Behaviour and Distribution      
Increase the Size of Fines for Harming Cusk      
Increase Awareness within the Fishing Industry about Cusk Conservation      
Modify Fishing Gear so that Less Cusk are Landed      
Close Areas with High Concentrations of Cusk to Fishing      
Close other Fisheries after a Certain Amount of Cusk is Landed as Bycatch      
Close Areas with High Concentrations of Cusk to Oil and Gas Activities      

Do you have any other comments about how other interventions might help cusk conservation and recovery? If so, please use the space below.

 

 

 

 

Your Opinion about the Potential Direct or Indirect Costs of Cusk Conservation and Recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely economic impacts (direct and indirect) of cusk conservation and recovery to this industry or group.

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Costs to Fixed Gear Groundfish Fishers      
Costs to Mobile Gear Groundfish Fishers      
Costs to Lobster Fishers      
Costs to Snow Crab Fishers      
Costs to the Oil and Gas Industry      
Costs to Scientific Researchers      
Costs to my Personal Household      

Do you have any other comments about how conservation interventions might lead to costs on other people or industry sectors, or about what your suggestions are to minimize costs? Costs might be direct (e.g., increasing the cost of doing business) or they might be indirect (e.g., lost opportunities for commercial activities). If so, please use the space below.

 

 

 

Your Opinion about the Potential Benefits of Cusk Conservation and Recovery to Canadian Society

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely benefits (economic or social) of cusk conservation and recovery to this industry or segment of society.

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Impact
Benefits to Maritime Coastal Communities      
Benefits to Canadian Society as a Whole      
Benefits to First Nations      
Benefits to the Scientific Community      

Your Opinion about Other Potential Benefits of Cusk Conservation and Recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly Agree

I Have No Opinion

On This Impact

I think that cusk are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that cusk will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value cusk even though they may never personally see a cusk.      

Do you have any other comments about who might benefit from cusk conservation and how important this benefit might be? If so, please use the space below.

Comments about the Proposed Listing Status of Cusk

Have you read the COSEWIC status report for cusk?

Yes

No

Please choose an option that reflects your level of support for the Government of Canada listing cusk as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act.

I Strongly Disagree with listing cusk as an threatened species 
I Somewhat Disagree with listing cusk as an threatened species 
I Neither Agree nor Disagree with listing cusk as an threatened species 
I Somewhat Agree with listing cusk as an threatened species 
I Strongly Agree with listing cusk as an threatened species 

If you disagree with listing cusk as a threatened species, could you please tell us why?

 

 

 

If you agree with listing cusk as a threatened species, could you please tell us why?

 

 

 

How can you as an individual, or your industry, organization or community, participate in the recovery of this species? Please give examples of particular activities if you can.

 

 

 

Do you have any other comments about this survey or SARA that you would like to share with us? If so, please use the space below.