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Species at Risk Act - Legal Listing Consultation Workbook, Grass pickerel (Quebec region)

Overview of potential consequences for different stakeholders

This consultation workbook was designed so that stakeholders can better understand the implications, on their activities, of adding grass pickerel to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk as a species of special concern. A recovery process will be implemented and will likely result in the adoption of management measures that may have consequences on the activities of the stakeholders concerned. In order to better illustrate this fact, a few examples of possible consequences are presented below. These examples are obviously not an extensive list of measures and are not necessarily a representation of what will actually be the adopted measures.

3.1. Shoreline residents and landowners

Revegetation projects to reproduce a favourable habitat could be carried out.

3.2. Agricultural and industrial activities

To reduce the risks of habitat destruction, cattle breeders could have a restricted access to certain sections of watercourses in order to prevent silting. In areas identified as being grass pickerel habitats, it could be suggested to farmers to carry out the maintenance of their drainage works in a way that does not alter the habitat of fish.

3.3. Recreational activities

Considering the little interest from sport fishermen for this species, this activity is relatively free from threat.

Acquisition of riparian lands and stewardship of strategic territories giving access to places attended by the species would reduce public disturbance by restricting access to these places.

3.4. Fishery industry

Once this species is listed, restrictions would apply to fishery activities considered as a threat for the survival and recovery of grass pickerel because, in particular, of the risk of accidental catches.

3.5. Municipal activities

Measures to better target the areas for future channelling, directives regarding developments that can affect the habitat of grass pickerel, and measures to decrease the degradation of shores could be developed.

Promoters of projects having an impact on watercourses where grass pickerel is found could have to prepare, as a precondition, an inventory list of the species and an evaluation of risks.

3.6. Aboriginal activities

For the moment, aboriginal populations have no known interest in grass pickerel. These populations, however, will be contacted for a confirmation.

It should be noted, however, that the recovery planning process will require new consultations.