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COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Banded Killifish, Newfoundland population in Canada

Existing Protection or Other Status

The Newfoundland populations of Banded Killifish, Fundulus diaphanus, were designated as vulnerable (species of special concern) by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada in 1989 (Houston 1990). More recently, a new Endangered Species Act passed by the Newfoundland and Labrador provincial government in August 2002 lists F. diaphanus as one of 20 species protected under this Act. Houston 1990 indicated that Manitoba populations are considered of special concern while this species has an endangered status in the states of Pennsylvania and South Dakota. Since this report, the Manitoba Conservation Data Centre has ranked the Banded Killifish as G5, S1 (Stewart, pers. comm.). The only other specific protection afforded Banded Killifish in Canada is through the Federal Fisheries Act, which prohibits the destruction of fish habitat.