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COSEWIC assessment and status report on the Atlantic wolffish Anarhichas lupus in Canada

Assessment Summary


Assessment Summary – November 2000

Common name: Atlantic Wolffish

Scientific name: Anarhichas Lupus

Status: Special Concern

Reason for designation: The total population of this large, solitary, slow-growing, late-maturing, nest-building benthic fish has declined significantly since the 1970s.  Apparent threats are related to fishing and habitat alteration, perhaps compounded by environmental change.

Occurrence: Atlantic Ocean

Status history: Designated Special Concern in November 2000.  Assessment based on a new status report.