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Species at Risk Act - Legal Listing Consultation Workbook, Striped bass, St-Lawrence Estuary Population

Overview of potential consequences for different stakeholders

This consultation workbook was designed so that stakeholders can better understand the implications of adding the striped bass to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk on their activities. If the species is listed, automatic prohibitions under SARA will apply. Under the terms of SARA, some prohibitions protect the individuals of a species designated as “extirpated”, “endangered” or “threatened”. The Act prohibits the killing, harming, harassing, capturing or taking of any individual belonging to an “endangered” or “threatened” species, or damaging or destroying the residence of one or several individuals of such species. It also prohibits people from possessing, collecting, buying, selling or trading individuals – any part or derivative of such an individual – from an “extirpated”, “endangered” or “threatened” species.

A recovery process will be implemented and will likely result in the adoption of management measures that may have consequences on the activities of the stakeholders concerned. In order to better illustrate this fact, a few examples of possible consequences are presented below. These examples are obviously not an extensive list of measures and are not necessarily a representation of what will actually become the adopted measures. It should be noted that the SARA was designed to implement a cooperation approach for species recovery, and in the event this species is added to the official list, all future management measures will be subjected to more consultations with regulating bodies and stakeholders.

3.1. Shoreline residents and landowners

Shoreline residents and landowners of sites on the banks of areas historically used by striped bass in the Estuary might be denied access, at certain periods of the year, to stocking and fry feeding areas. 

3.2. Municipal, agricultural and industrial activities

Regulations could force concerned stakeholders to adopt management measures protecting the environment of striped bass in order to maximize their chances of recovery in their spawning and rearing areas.

3.3. Recreational activities

Stocking, feeding and spawning sites (based on the success of the recovery strategy’s action plan) would be protected by access restrictions and measures designed to limit recreational activities that might affect the species survival and recovery.

3.4. Fishery activities

Before the St. Lawrence striped bass population reaches an exploitable level, commercial and sport fishing should be prohibited. Until then, several recovery measures will need to succeed. Poaching cannot be tolerated.

3.5. Aboriginal activities

If these restrictions are to be taken into consideration they should also be treated respectfully by Aboriginal communities.