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Appendix B: Effects on the Environment and Other Species

A strategic environmental assessment (SEA) is conducted on all SARA recovery planning documents, in accordance with the Cabinet Directive on the Environmental Assessment of Policy, Plan and Program Proposals. The purpose of a SEA is to incorporate environmental considerations into the development of public policies, plans, and program proposals to support environmentally sound decision-making.

Recovery planning is intended to benefit species at risk and biodiversity in general. However, it is recognized that strategies may also inadvertently lead to environmental effects beyond the intended benefits. The planning process based on national guidelines directly incorporates consideration of all environmental effects, with a particular focus on possible impacts upon non-target species or habitats. The results of the SEA are incorporated directly into the strategy itself, but are also summarized below in this statement.

Because most Ivory Gull colonies are extremely remote, and in general have no other birds or mammals nearby, most recovery actions in this strategy will have no effect on other species. The exception may be for birds nesting at Seymour Island (where several other species also nest), but in this case, the area is already a Migratory Bird Sanctuary and thus accrues the benefits of existing federal protection.  

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