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Recovery Strategy for the Atlantic Whitefish

Appendix A: Glossary of Terms

Anadromous
Migrating from sea to fresh water to spawn
Action Plan
Action plans are the second part of a two-part recovery planning process. The first part, which is the recovery strategy, describes scientific baseline information about the species, its critical habitat and threats, as well as establishing objectives that will assist its survival and recovery. These recovery strategies are implemented through action plans, which outline the measures needed to meet the objectives set out in recovery strategies, and indicate when they are to take place.
 Biodiversity
The variety of life in all its forms, levels and combinations, including ecosystem, species, and genetic diversity (IUCN, UNEP and WWF, 1991).
 COSEWIC
Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.  A body of Canadian government, academic and non-academic government experts which assess species at risk of extinction nationally
 Endangered
a species facing imminent extirpation or extinction
 Endemic
restricted to a region or a part of a region, e.g., an island or country
Extinct
a species that no longer exists
Extirpated
As used in text, locally extinct species
 Mitigation
Measures to reduce, prevent, or correct impacts.
Morphological
Related to the measurable characters (body shape, form, proportions) of an organism.
Non-indigenous species
Those species that have been transported through human activities from their native ranges into new ecosystems where they did not evolve. Synonymous to ‘introduced species’.
Phylogenetic
Study of the evolutionary relatedness among various groups of organisms.
 Telemetry
The automatic measurement and transmission of data from remote sources, by radio or other means, for recording and analysis.
Trophic
The position that an organism occupies in a food chain.