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Legal Listing Consultation Workbook for the Atlantic populations of Blue Shark, Shortfin Mako and White Shark

Consultation Workbook Survey – Blue Shark, Shortfin Mako Shark, and White Shark

The government's decision on whether or not to list a species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) will be based on a full description and understanding of the costs and benefits of the impacts of protection and recovery on individuals, organizations, Aboriginal groups, industries, and Canadian society in general.

This survey form can be used to provide your opinions about listing blue, shortfin mako, and white sharks under the SARA. Comments are welcome from individuals of all backgrounds, whether you are engaged in activities that may be affected by blue shark, shortfin mako, and white shark conservation efforts or are a citizen with an interest in these shark species.

You should read the consultation workbook before completing these questions.

About the Consultation Workbook Survey

The consultation workbook survey asks you to answer a series of questions that require reflection about your views relating to the conservation and recovery of blue, shortfin mako and white sharks. There are a variety of question formats in this survey. There are also opportunities for personal responses to further explain your views. If you would like to keep the introductory sections of this workbook, please feel free to detach this section and return only the survey.

Please return your survey (or any comments you have) by April 1, 2007 to one of the following:

Maritimes Region
Species at Risk Coordination Office
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Box 1006
1 Challenger Drive
Dartmouth, N.S.
B2Y 4A2

Email: xmarsara@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Toll free: 866-891-0771
Newfoundlandand Labrador Region
SARA Coordinator
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Box5667
St. John’s Newfoundland
A1C 5X1

Email: Osborned@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fax: 709-772-4583
QuebecRegion
SARA Coordinator
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
P.O. Box 1000, 850 route de la Mer
Mont-Joli, Quebec,
G5H 3Z4

Email: especesperilqc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Fax: 418-775-0542
Toll free: 877-775-0848
Gulf Region
Species at Risk Coordination Office
Gulf Fisheries Centre
P.O. Box 5030
343 Universite Ave.
Moncton, NB  E1C 9B6
Email: GLF-SARA-LEP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Fax: 506-851-2620

You can also visit http://www.sararegistry.gc.cato download an electronic version of this survey and /or record your comments.

The information that you provide is important! We very much appreciate the time and effort you take to complete this survey!

Your opinions about threats to blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark 

For each factor, please indicate your opinion about how significant a threat each activity is to the following shark species.

You can provide your opinion for any one or all 3 shark species.

Blue Shark (SC)

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Directed fishing by Canadian fishers using pelagic longlines      
Bycatch in other Canadian pelagic longline fisheries (e.g. tuna/swordfish)      
Pelagic longline fisheries in international waters      
Recreational fishing (e.g. sport fishing and derbies)      
Oil & gas operations (exploration, drilling, production etc.)      
Other, please specify;      

 

Shortfin Mako (TH)

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Directed fishing by Canadian fishers using pelagic longlines      
Bycatch in other Canadian pelagic longline fisheries (e.g. tuna/swordfish)      
Pelagic longline fisheries in international waters      
Recreational fishing (e.g. sport fishing and derbies)      
Oil & gas operations (exploration, drilling, production etc.)      
Other, please specify;      

 

White Shark (EN)

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Directed fishing by Canadian fishers using pelagic longlines      
Bycatch in other Canadian pelagic longline fisheries (e.g. tuna/swordfish)      
Pelagic longline fisheries in international waters      
Recreational fishing (e.g. sport fishing and derbies)      
Oil & gas operations (exploration, drilling, production etc.)      
Other, please specify;      

Your opinions about possible interventions to help blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark conservation and recovery

For each factor, please indicate what level of impact you think this measure will have on recovery of blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark.

You can provide your opinion for any one or all 3 shark species.

 

Your opinion about the potential direct or indirect costs of blue shark, shortfin mako and white sharkconservation and recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely economic costs (direct and indirect) of blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark survival and recovery to each industry or group.

You can provide your opinion for any one or all 3 shark species

Blue Shark (SC)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Costs to directed shark fishers      
Costs to tuna/swordfish fishers      
Costs to scientific researchers      
Costs to the oil and gas industry      
Costs to my personal household      
Other, please specify;      

 

Shortfin Mako (TH)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Costs to directed shark fishers      
Costs to tuna/swordfish fishers      
Costs to scientific researchers      
Costs to the oil and gas industry      
Costs to my personal household      
Other, please specify;      

 

White Shark (EN)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Costs to directed shark fishers      
Costs to tuna/swordfish fishers      
Costs to scientific researchers      
Costs to the oil and gas industry      
Costs to my personal household      
Other, please specify;      

Your opinion about the potential benefits of blue shark, shortfin mako and white sharkconservation and recovery to Canadian society 

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely benefits (economic or social) of blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark conservation and recovery to each industry or segment of society.

You can provide your opinion for any one or all 3 shark species.

Blue Shark (SC)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Benefits to maritime coastal communities      
Benefits to Canadian society as a whole      
Benefits to Aboriginal groups      
Benefits to the scientific community      
Other, please specify;      

 

Shortfin Mako (TH)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Benefits to maritime coastal communities      
Benefits to Canadian society as a whole      
Benefits to Aboriginal groups      
Benefits to the scientific community      
Other, please specify;      

 

White Shark (EN)

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI have no opinion on this factor
Benefits to maritime coastal communities      
Benefits to Canadian society as a whole      
Benefits to Aboriginal groups      
Benefits to the scientific community      
Other, please specify;      

 

Your opinion about other potential benefits of blue shark, shortfin mako and white sharkconservation and recovery

Please choose an option that reflects your level of agreement or disagreement with the following statements.

You can provide your opinion for any one or all 3 shark species.

Blue Shark (SC)

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI have no opinion on this factor
I think that blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that the blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark even though they may never personally see any.      
Other, please specify;      

 

Shortfin Mako (TH)

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI have no opinion on this factor
I think that blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that the blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark even though they may never personally see any.      
Other, please specify;      

 

White Shark (EN)

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI have no opinion on this factor
I think that blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems.      
I think that the blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark even though they may never personally see any.      
Other, please specify;      

Comments about the proposed listing status of blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark conservation

 YES NO
Have you read the COSEWIC status reports for blue shark?  
Have you read the COSEWIC status reports for shortfin mako?  
Have you read the COSEWIC status reports for white shark?  

Please choose an option that reflects your level of support for the Government of Canada listing blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act.

 Blue Shark (SC)Shortfin Mako (TH)White Shark (EN)
I Strongly Disagree with listing   
I Somewhat Disagree with listing   
I Neither Agree nor Disagree with listing   
I Somewhat Agree with listing   
I Strongly Agree with listing   

General Questions

1. Could you please tell us why you agree ordisagree with listing blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act?

2.   If a legal listing will affect your activities, do you see these effects as a cost or benefit to you? In what way? Please consider social costs and benefits as well as economic costs and benefits.

2a.  If you see these effects as a cost, are there steps that your sector could take to reduce these costs? If so, please explain.

2b.  Do you expect that the costs or benefits of listing these sharks will change over time? How?

3.  In the event that blue shark, shortfin mako and white shark are listed, how can you as an individual, or your industry or organization as a group, participate in the recovery of the species? Give examples of particular activities, if you can.

4.  Do you think that recovery (for shortfin mako and white sharks) and management (for blue shark) can be achieved without adding these species to the SARA list? Please explain.

Background information about you

What is Your Age Category?

□  < 20 Years□  50-59 Years
□  20-29 Years□  60-69 Years
□  30-39 Years□ > 70 Years 
□  40-49 Years 

What is Your Gender?

□  Male□  Female

In which sector are you employed?

□  Retired□  Private Sector – Other
□  Full-Time Homemaker□  Academic
□  Student□  Federal Government
□  Commercial Fishing/Processing□  Provincial Government
□  Farming□  Municipal Government
□  Forestry□  Non-Governmental Organization
□  Oil and Gas□  I am Between Jobs
□  Professional Services□  I am Employed in another Field

Where do you live?

□  Nova Scotia□  Quebec
□  New Brunswick□  Ontario
□  Prince Edward Island□  Outside Canada but I am a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
□  Newfoundland and Labrador□  Outside Canada - I am not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
□  Western Canada or Territories□ 

If you are directly involved in fishing activities, in what NAFO areas do you fish

□  3KLMN□  4T
□  3OP□  4VW
□  4R□  4X/5Y
□  4S□  5Z

If you are completing this workbook as a representative of an organization, please indicate your name, the name of your organization and a contact address.

 

You've now finished the survey – thank you very much for your help

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