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Your opinion on Gouvernment Priorities

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?

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the importance of these considerations in ocean management

 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.

 I am 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 for Aquatic 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 Conservation PrioritySomewhat Low Conservation PriorityModerate Conservation PrioritySomewhat High Conservation PriorityVery High Conservation 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)      
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 Threats to Cod

Please indicate your opinion about how significant a threat this factor is to the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Fishing for Groundfish using Handlines      
Fishing for Groundfish using Gillnets      
Fishing for Groundfish using Longlines      
Fishing for Groundfish using Trawl Nets      
American Fishing 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 impact the conservation of the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod? If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinions about Possible Interventions to Help

Atlantic Cod Conservation

For each factor, please indicate what level of impact you think this measure will have on the conservation of the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Conduct Scientific Research to Better Understand Cod Behaviour and Distribution      
Increase the Size of Fines for SARA Infractions      
Increase Awareness about Cod Conservation within the Fishing Industry      
Modify Fishing Gear so that Fewer Cod are Landed      
Close Areas with High Concentrations of Cod to Fishing      
Close other Fisheries after a Certain Amount of Cod is Landed as Bycatch      
Close Areas with High Concentrations of Cod to Oil and Gas Production      
Reduce Harvest Levels in Areas Where Cod Quotas Exist      

Do you have any other comments about how other interventions might help the conservation of the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod? If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinion about the Potential Direct or Indirect Costs of the Conservation of the Maritimes Population of Atlantic Cod

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

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Costs to the Fixed Gear Longline Fishery      
Costs to the Fixed Gear Gillnet Fishery      
Costs to the Mobile Gear Groundfish Fishery      
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 the Conservation of the Maritimes Population of Atlantic Cod to Canadian Society

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely benefits (economic or social) of the conservation of the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod 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 Conservation of the Maritimes Population of Atlantic Cod

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

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI Have No Opinion On This Impact
I think that Atlantic cod are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that Atlantic cod will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value Atlantic cod even though they may never personally see an Atlantic cod.      

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

Comments about the Proposed Listing Status of the Maritimes Population of Atlantic Cod

Have you read the COSEWIC status report for Atlantic cod?

Yes

No

Please choose an option that reflects your level of support for the Government of Canada listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern under the Species at Risk Act.

I Strongly Disagree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern 
I Somewhat Disagree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern 
I Neither Agree nor Disagree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern 
I Somewhat Agree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern 
I Strongly Agree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern 

If you disagree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern, could you please tell us why?

If you agree with listing the Maritimes population of Atlantic cod as a species of special concern, could you please tell us why?

How can you as an individual, or your industry, organization or community, participate in conservation efforts for this species? Please give examples of particular activities if you are able.

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.