Management Plans

Management Plan for the Blackstripe Topminnow, Pugnose Minnow, Spotted Sucker and Warmouth in Canada

In Canada, the Blackstripe Topminnow (Fundulus notatus), Pugnose Minnow (Opsopoeodus emiliae), Spotted Sucker (Minytrema melanops) and Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) all occur in southwestern Ontario.  The Blackstripe Topminnow is found only in the Sydenham River and Lake St. Clair drainages and the Warmouth is found only in four areas of Lake Erie (Long Point Bay, Big Creek National Wildlife Area [Long Point region], Rondeau Bay and Point Pelee National Park). The Pugnose Minnow and Spotted Sucker are found in Lake St. Clair and its smaller tributaries, Lake Erie, the Detroit River, the Sydenham River and the Thames River. In addition, the Spotted Sucker is also found in the St. Clair River.

All four species are listed as Special Concern and are on Schedule 1 of the federal Species at Risk Act.  As such, the Act requires that management plans be developed that identify management approaches for each species. Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Parks Canada Agency, in cooperation with the government of Ontario, have developed a single management plan to aid in the conservation and management of these four species.  In recognition of the degree of overlap between these species in their distribution, as well as the commonality of threats, a multi-species approach was adopted for the management of these species.

Consultation period: 2009-07-31 to 2009-09-29


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SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6
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