Recovery Strategy for the Vancouver Lamprey (Lampetra macrostoma) in Canada (Final)
- 1. Description of the Species
- 2. Description of Needs of the Species
- 3. Threats
- 4. Habitat Trends
- 5. Habitat Protection
- 6. Critical Habitat
- 7. Recovery Goal
- 8. Recovery Objectives
- 9. Approaches to Meeting Recovery Objectives
- 10. Anticipated Conflicts or Challenges
- 11. Recovery Feasibility
- 12. Recommended Approach / Scale for Recovery
- 13. Knowledge Gaps
- 14. Actions Already Complete and/or Underway
- 15. Statement of when Action Plans will be Completed
- 16. References Cited
- Appendix I - Record of Cooperation and Consultation
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 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.
|Priority||Strategy||Approaches||Performance Measure |
|Necessary||Establish and support a Recovery Implementation Group (RIG) or alternative working group for Vancouver lamprey.||Has a RIG or working group been established? |
Is the RIG adequately supported with funding and technical expertise?
Has an Action Plan been developed?
Is the RIG achieving the goals outlined in the Recovery Strategy?
|Necessary||Address information gaps that inhibit conservation of Vancouver lamprey.|
Address key information gaps including:
|Are there key information gaps that inhibit conservation of Vancouver lamprey?|
|Primary||Clarify and address threats to Vancouver lamprey.|
Undertake appropriate research to clarify threats, including:
|Have threats been clarified and assessed? |
Are threats being mitigated?
|Primary||Conduct studies to help define critical habitat for Vancouver lamprey.||Undertake necessary research to define critical habitat and to delineate it in the wild. See Section 6.2 for a list of necessary research activities.||Has critical habitat been defined for Vancouver lamprey?|
|Primary||Develop and implement a long-term monitoring program.|
RIG to develop a monitoring program to assess population status and response to management activities or threats. Monitoring may include:
|Have monitoring programs been implemented?|
How long has a monitoring program been in place?
Is it effective?
Is funding secure for the long term?
|Primary||Establish water quality and water use objectives for Cowichan and Mesachie lakes.||Have water quality and water use objectives been established and communicated to relevant regulators and stakeholders?|
|Secondary||Develop a comprehensive water management plan for each basin.|
RIGs will work with Water Stewardship Division (Ministry of Environment), water licence holders, and stakeholders to:
|Does the water management plan adequately address the needs of Vancouver lamprey?|
Has it been implemented?
|Secondary||Inform and educate stakeholders and the genral public about the species and general biodiversity values.|
RIG to work with government agencies and educators to develop
|Have educational materials been produced?|
How many classes have received educational presentations?
How many educational signs have been erected?
Has public perception and awareness been affected?
|Secondary||Work with local governments, land developers, and others to improve and encourage watershed stewardship.||Develop criteria for assessing effects of land developments (including forest harvest) on lamprey habitats, develop guidelines for good stewardship, establish Wildlife Habitat Areas (WHAs) where appropriate, and establish Special Development Areas where appropriate. For private lands, work with land owners to encourage good stewardship. Develop and implement Best Management Practices (BMP), as needed. Develop and employ conservation covenants where useful.||Have forest harvest and land management criteria been developed? |
Is forest harvest and land development meeting the criteria? Have BMPs been developed and communicated?
Is there compliance with BMPs?
|Secondary||Develop sound protocols for scientific investigations (e.g., limit number of fish collected each year, etc.)||Recovery Team to work with government agencies to set boundaries for experimental work and collection activities. Note: SARA permits are required to legally collect and undertake research on a listed wildlife species.||Have scientific investigation protocols been set and communicated?|
Have they been implemented?
 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.
 Priority has been assigned based on professional judgement into one of three groups, from highest to lowest: necessary, primary, secondary.
 Performance measures plot the progress toward meeting the stated objectives. The performance measures are presented here as questions, the answers to which can be plotted in time to monitor progress.
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