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Legal Listing of Aquatic Species Consultation Workbook 2005

Appendix 1:  Glossary of Terms

Action Plan
A document that sets out specific ways to put a recovery strategy into effect.
Aquatic species: All ‘fish’ including:
  1. parts of fish;
  2. shellfish, crustaceans, marine animals, and any parts of shellfish, crustaceans, or marine animals; and
  3. the eggs, sperm, spawn, larvae, spat, and juvenile stages of fish, shellfish, crustaceans, and marine animals.
Competent Minister
The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans is the competent minister for listed aquatic species. The Minister of the Environment, through Parks Canada Agency, is the competent minister for listed species found in national parks, national historic sites, and other national protected heritage areas. The Minister of the Environment is also the competent minister for all other listed species and for the overall administration of the law.
Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.
Critical habitat
The habitat that is necessary for the survival or recovery of a listed wildlife species and that is identified as the species’ critical habitat in the recovery strategy or action plan.

In respect to aquatic species, spawning grounds and nursery, rearing, food supply, migration, and any other areas on which aquatic species depend directly or indirectly in order to carry out their life processes, or areas where aquatic species formerly occurred and have the potential to be reintroduced.

Endangered species
A wildlife species that is facing imminent extirpation or extinction.

Extirpated species
A wildlife species that no longer exists in the wild in Canada, but exists elsewhere in the wild.

Recovery Strategy
A document prepared by the competent minister in cooperation and consultation with other governments, wildlife management boards, Aboriginal organizations, landowners, and others who are likely to be affected by the strategy.  It identifies the population goal and objectives, and broad recovery approaches to abate threats.

Species of special concern
A wildlife species that may become a threatened or endangered species because of a combination of biological characteristics and identified threats.

Threatened species
A wildlife species that is likely to become an endangered species if nothing is done to reverse the factors leading to its extirpation or extinction.
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