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Yellow Lampmussel consultation workbook

Survey

Consultation Workbook Survey – Yellow Lampmussel

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, First Nations, industries, and Canadian society in general.

This workbook can be used to provide your opinions about listing yellow lampmussel under SARA. It also begins with some general questions about conservation priorities and your awareness of other aquatic species at risk.

Comments are welcome from individuals of all backgrounds, whether you are engaged in activities that may be affected by yellow lampmussel conservation efforts or are a citizen with an interest in yellow lampmussel.

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 yellow lampmussel. There are a variety of question formats in this survey. There are also numerous 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 workbook by Oct. 29, 2004 to:

Species at Risk Coordination Office

Bedford Institute of Oceanography

P.O. Box 1006

1 Challenger Drive

Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4A2

Alternatively, you may email comments to XMARSARA@mar.dfo-mpo.gc.ca or visit http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca to complete an electronic version of this survey. In addition to this survey, public meetings will be held in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during the consultation period. For specific times and locations of public meetings, please check http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca.

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


Your Opinion on Government Priorities

Commercial fishing, sport fishing, First Nation food and ceremonial fishing, industrial use and conservation needs are all considered when the government makes decisions about conservation policies and programs. How would you rate the importance of these considerations if you were making decisions about the management of aquatic species at risk?

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the importance of these considerations in ocean management
 Very Low PrioritySomewhat Low PriorityModerate PrioritySomewhat High PriorityVery High Priority
Recreational Fishing     
Commercial Fishing      
Marine Industries     
Conservation     
First Nations Food and Ceremonial Fishing     

Do you have any other comments about how conservation priorities should be determined? If so, please use the space below.


Your Awareness about Aquatic Species at Risk in the Maritimes

This table shows a number of listed and proposed species at risk in the Maritimes (COSEWIC designations are provided). For each, please indicate your knowledge of this species.

 Iam not familiar with this speciesI am somewhat familiar with this speciesI am very familiar with this species
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)   
LakeUtopiaDwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)   
Leatherback Turtle (current SARA status: endangered)   
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)   
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)   
Porbeagle Shark (proposed SARA status: endangered)   
Yellow Lampmussel (proposed SARA status: special concern)   


Your Opinions about Conservation Priorities for Aquatic Species at Risk in Atlantic Canada

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of what level of priority should be placed on conservation efforts for this species.

 Very Low Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat Low Conser-vation PriorityModerate Conser-vation PrioritySomewhat High Conser-vation PriorityVery High Conser-vation PriorityI am not Familiar with this Species so Cannot Say
Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Whitefish (current SARA status: endangered)      
LakeUtopiaDwarf Smelt (current SARA status: threatened)      
Leatherback Turtle (current SARA status: endangered)      
Atlantic Wolffish (current SARA status: special concern)      
North Atlantic Right Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Blue Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Northern Bottlenose Whale (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Cusk (proposed SARA status: threatened)      
Porbeagle Shark (proposed SARA status: endangered)      
Yellow Lampmussel (proposed SARA status: special concern)      


Your Opinions about Threats to Yellow Lampmussel

Please indicate your level of concern regarding the following factors that may affect the yellow lampmussel population in Canadian waters.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Siltation and Pollution Caused by Human Activities (property maintenance, recreational activities, etc.)      
Sedimentation and Eutrophication Caused by Agricultural Runoff and Sewage Discharge      
Development along Riversides (residential, industrial, agricultural, forestry)      
Periods of Dry Weather (low water levels and higher upstream saltwater intrusion)      
Introduction and Spread of Zebra Mussels      
Predation by Muskrats      
A Breach in the Sydney River Dam      
Use of Molluscicides in Swimming Areas      


Do you have any comments or concerns about other factors that may affect yellow lampmussel populations? If so, please use the space below.


Your Opinions about Possible Initiatives to Help Conserve Yellow Lampmussel

For each factor, please indicate what level of impact you think this measure will have on the success of yellow lampmussel conservation.

 Very LowSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Conduct Scientific Research to Better Understand Yellow Lampmussel Behaviour and Distribution      
Increase Public Awareness of the Yellow Lampmussel      
Encourage Land Developers/Owners/Users/ to Develop Practises to Minimise or Eliminate Impacts to Yellow Lampmussel      
Monitor and Maintain the Sydney River Dam      
Develop and Implement Measures to Prevent the Introduction and Spread of Zebra Mussels by Boaters       
Monitor the Predation by Muskrats for Consideration in Future Management Decisions      
Limit the Use of Molluscicides      


Do you have any comments about how other measures might help to conserve yellow lampmussel? If so, please use the space below.


Your Opinion about the Potential Direct or Indirect Costs of Yellow Lampmussel Conservation

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely economic impacts (direct and indirect) of yellow lampmussel conservation to this industry or group.

Do you have any other comments about how conservation interventions

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Factor
Costs to Land Developers/Owners      
Costs to Recreational Water Users      
Costs to Municipalities       
Costs to the Agricultural Industry      
Costs to First Nations      
Costs to Scientific Researchers      
Costs to my Personal Household      

might lead to costs on other people or industry sectors, or about what your suggestions are to minimize costs? Costs might be direct (e.g., increasing the cost of doing business) or they might be indirect (e.g., lost opportunities for commercial activities). If so, please use the space below.

Your Opinion about the Potential Benefits of Yellow Lampmussel Conservation to Canadian Society

Please choose an option that reflects your rating of the likely benefits (economic or social) of yellow lampmussel conservation to this industry or segment of society.

 NegligibleSomewhat LowModerateSomewhat HighVery HighI Have No Opinion On This Impact
Benefits to Communities Adjacent to Yellow Lampmussel Populations      
Benefits to Canadian Society as a Whole      
Benefits to First Nations      
Benefits to the Scientific Community      


Your Opinion about Other Potential Benefits of Yellow Lampmussel Conservation

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

 Strongly DisagreeSomewhat DisagreeNeither Agree Nor DisagreeSomewhat AgreeStrongly AgreeI Have No Opinion On This Impact
I think that yellow lampmussels are valuable because they play an important role in maintaining healthy freshwater ecosystems.      
I think that yellow lampmussels will be valuable to future generations.      
I think that many people in Canada value yellow lampmussels even though they may never personally see a yellow lampmussel.      
I think that many people in Canada value yellow lampmussels even though they currently have no commercial value.      
I think ensuring environmental quality over the long term is more important than creating more jobs in the short term.      

Do you have any other comments about who might benefit from yellow lampmussel conservation and how important this benefit might be? If so, please use the space below.

Comments about the Proposed Listing Status of Yellow Lampmussel

Have you read the COSEWIC status report for yellow lampmussel?

Yes

No

Please choose an option that reflects your level of support for the Government of Canada listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern under the Species at Risk Act.

I Strongly Disagree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern 
I Somewhat Disagree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern 
I Neither Agree nor Disagree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern 
I Somewhat Agree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern 
I Strongly Agree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern 

If you disagree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern, could you please tell us why?

If you agree with listing yellow lampmussel as a species of special concern, could you please tell us why?

How can you as an individual, or your industry, organization or community, participate in the conservation of this species? Please give examples of particular activities if you can.

Do you have any other comments about this survey or SARA that you would like to share with us? If so, please use the space below.

Background Information about You

What is Your Age Category?

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

What is Your Gender?

  • Female
  • Male

Where do you live?

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

In which sector are you employed?

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

If you work in the commercial fishing or processing industry, what types of commercial fishing activities have you engaged in over the past 5 years? Please check all the applicable boxes.

  • Work in a Processing Plant
  • Fish for Groundfish on a Fixed Gear Vessel (<45')
  • Fish for Groundfish on a Fixed Gear Vessel (>45')
  • Fish for Groundfish on a Mobile Gear Vessel
  • Fish for Lobster
  • Fish for Scallops
  • Fish for Snow Crab
  • Fish for Large Pelagics on a Longline Vessel
  • Work in the Aquaculture Industry
  • Fish for Other Species or Using Other Methods
  • Industry Association Representative or Consultant 

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

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