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Recovery Strategy for the Western Silvery Minnow (Hypognathus argyritis) in Canada [Proposed]
- Executive Summary
- Background: Species Information
- Background: Distribution and Population
- Background: Species' Needs
- Threats: Overview and Threats assessment
- Table 2: Detailed threats assessment
- Threats: Habitat Loss and Pollution
- Knowledge Gaps
- Species Recovery
- References and Glossary
Upon completion of the draft recovery strategy, a public meeting was conducted in Milk River, Alberta to allow members of public to review and provide comments on the document. A list of participants at the meeting is provided in Appendix B
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WSC (Water Survey of Canada). 2006. Archived hydrometric data, Milk River at Milk River (11AA005), monthly mean discharge, June 1909 to December 2005. Available at: http://www.wsc.ec.gc.ca/hydat/H2O [Accessed 1 November 2006]
8. Personnal Communications
Dr. Robert Bramblett. Assistant Research Professor, Montana Cooperative Fishery Research Unit, Department of Ecology, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.
Mike Bryski. Aquatic Biologist, Water Management Operations, Alberta Environment. 200-5th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 4L1.
Terry Clayton. Lethbridge and Medicine Hat Fisheries Biologist, Fish and Wildlife Division, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, 2nd Fl. YPM Place, 530-8th St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2J8.
Lorne Fitch, Provincial Riparian Management Specialist, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, 2nd Fl. YPM Place, 530-8th St. S., Lethbridge, AB, T1J 2J8.
Wendell Koning, Limnologist, Regional Environmental Management Southern Region, Alberta Environment, 2938 - 11 Street NE, Calgary AB, T2E 7L7.
Ken Miller. Member of the Milk River Watershed Council of Canada, Box 87, Milk River, AB T0K 1M0.
Shane Petry. Impact Assessment Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 204, 704-4th Avenue South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 0N8.
Doug Watkinson, Research Biologist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 501 University Crescent, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N6.
- water is too low in oxygen to support fish life and causes winterkill.
- A member of the minnow family, Family Cyprinidae.
- Fork length
- Distance from the tip of the snout to the fork in the tail.
- Eggs found in the water column below the surface and above the bottom.
- species that eat fish.
- Riparian zone
- vegetated corridor along the banks of streams and rivers
- species likely to become endangered if limiting factors are not reversed.
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