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Dec 7, 2017

The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H3

Dear Minister McKenna,

I am writing to you to inform you that COSEWIC will be engaging in an emergency assessment (EA) of the Interior Steelhead Trout (Thompson and Chilcotin populations) of the south central interior of British Columbia. This has come about after I received a request on November 21st, 2017 for COSEWIC to conduct an EA as permitted under SARA sections 28.1 and 28.2. The application contained relevant supporting biological information indicating that there is an imminent threat to the survival of the species, and what appears to be a dramatic decline in the numbers of mature fish returning to spawn.

We anticipate proceeding with the EA by very early in 2018 and will be communicating our results to you and members of CESCC very soon thereafter.

Yours sincerely,

Signature of Rick Taylor

Eric B. (Rick) Taylor
Chair, COSEWIC

Department of Zoology University of British Columbia,
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z4

c.c. – Robert McLean, Director General,
Assessment & Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Wildlife Service

c.c. - CESCC