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Recovery Strategy for Paxton Lake, Enos Lake, and Vananda Creek Stickleback Species Pairs (Gasterosteus spp.) in Canada [Proposed]

Appendix I - Record of Cooperation and Consultation

The stickleback species pairs are listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), and as an aquatic species are under federal jurisdiction and managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO): 200 - 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC.

To assist in the development of an initial draft of this Recovery Strategy, as well as those for other listed freshwater fishes in British Columbia, DFO in cooperation with the Province of BC assembled a group of experts from various levels of government, academia, consultants, and non-governmental organizations to form the Pacific Region Non-Game Freshwater Fish Recovery Team. This team, co-chaired by DFO and the Province of BC, is responsible for drafting recovery strategies for Pacific Region freshwater fish species listed under SARA, including the stickleback species pairs. The recovery planning process for the stickleback species pairs was initiated through a stakeholder workshop in Nanaimo in March 2002. In addition, local stakeholders have subsequently established Recovery Implementation Groups for the Texada Island and Enos Lake species pairs.

Consultation on the draft Recovery Strategy was provided through a series of multi-stakeholder Community Dialogue Sessions and First Nations information exchanges in BC communities, as part of DFO Pacific Region's Fall Consultation Program. A consultation weblink was sent to 198 First Nations, Tribal Councils and Aboriginal Fisheries Commissions, as well as other stakeholders, and notices announcing the Community Dialogue Sessions were placed in 74 newspapers. Specific presentation and discussion sessions on the proposed Recovery Strategy for Stickleback Species Pairs were held in Sechelt in September 2005, and Nanaimo in November 2005, with no attendees at the Nanaimo session. Comments from the session were recorded and archived.

Additional input on the draft Recovery Strategy was sought through a discussion guide and feedback form available on the internet (October – December 2005). One response was received from a local resort developer. Input from the Province of BC was received through recovery team participation. An external peer review was conducted by Dr. Joe Nelson of the University of Alberta. All feedback received was considered in the finalization of the Recovery Strategy.

Recovery Team:

  • Jordan Rosenfeld, British Columbia Ministry of Environment (Co-chair)
  • Dan Sneep, Fisheries & Oceans Canada (Co-chair)
  • Todd Hatfield, Solander Ecological Research (Coordinator)
  • Don McPhail, University of British Columbia
  • John Richardson, University of British Columbia
  • Dolph Schluter, University of British Columbia
  • Eric Taylor, University of British Columbia
  • Paul Wood, University of British Columbia

External Review:

Joseph Nelson, University of Alberta

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