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Recovery Strategy for Cultus Pygmy Sculpin (Proposed)


12. Recommended Approach / Scale for Recovery

This recovery strategy recommends the use of a single species approach (rather than an ecosystem approach) because it addresses a single taxonomic unit. However, recovery efforts for Cultus pygmy sculpin should be coordinated with those for Cultus sockeye, a salmonid stock designated as endangered by COSEWIC (COSEWIC 2003). Juvenile sockeye are planktivores and occupy the same habitat as Cultus pygmy sculpin, so protection of limnetic habitats is likely to benefit both species.

Every effort should be made to provide input to management planning initiatives, actions, or policies, particularly land use planning for the local parks. Development must be approached such that cumulative impacts do not lead to significant changes in the ecology of Cultus Lake, which requires planning at the watershed scale and compliance with existing regulations and best management practices. It will be necessary to identify specific sites for protection or special management within the watershed.