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Proposed Recovery Strategy for Vancouver Lamprey

7.  Recovery Goal

The recovery goal for Vancouver lamprey is to ensure its long-term viability within its natural range. It is likely that this species will always remain at some risk due to its extremely limited distribution.

8.  Recovery Objectives

Recovery objectives are stated as follows:

  1. Maintain a self-sustaining population of Vancouver lamprey within Cowichan and Mesachie lakes that is resilient to short-term habitat perturbations.
  2. Maintain, and where possible enhance, the ecological integrity of habitat for Vancouver lamprey.
  3. Increase scientific understanding of Vancouver lamprey through additional investigation of its taxonomic status, natural history, critical habitat and threats to the species’ persistence.
  4. Foster awareness of Vancouver lamprey and its conservation status, and encourage active local involvement in stewardship and habitat protection.

9.  Approaches to Meeting Recovery Objectives

The general approaches recommended in this recovery strategy are to:

  • establish and support stewardship initiatives,
  • undertake specific research activities to fill knowledge gaps and clarify threats,
  • delineate and protect[1] key habitats,
  • minimize impacts from land and water use, and
  • design and implement sound monitoring programs.

A description of the recommended strategies and approaches is presented in Table 3.  These  approaches will be further detailed in one or more Action Plans, to be developed with the participation of a Recovery Implementation Group (RIG).  Further plans and decisions may require involvement of various participants including government agencies, First Nations, private land owners, industry and local stewardship groups.



[1] Protection can be achieved through a variety of mechanisms including: voluntary stewardship agreements, conservation covenants, sale by willing vendors on private lands, land use designations and protected areas.