COSEWIC Annual Reports
COSEWIC Annual Report - 2010
Under Canada’s Species At Risk Act (SARA), the foremost function of COSEWIC is to “assess the status of each wildlife species considered by COSEWIC to be at risk and, as part of the assessment, identify existing and potential threats to the species”.
During the past year, COSEWIC held two Wildlife Species Assessment Meetings and reviewed the status of 79 wildlife species (species, subspecies, populations). During the meeting of November 2009, COSEWIC assessed or reviewed the classification of the status of 28 wildlife species. COSEWIC assessed or reviewed the classification of an additional 51 wildlife species (species, subspecies and populations) during their April 2010 meeting.
For species already found on Schedule 1 of SARA, the classification of 32 species was reviewed by COSEWIC and the status of the wildlife species was confirmed to be in the same category (extirpated - no longer found in the wild in Canada but occurring elsewhere, endangered, threatened or of special concern).
The wildlife species assessment results for the 2009-2010 reporting period include the following:
Special Concern: 17
Data Deficient: 1
This report transmits to the Minister the status of 46 species newly classified as extirpated, endangered, threatened or of special concern, fulfilling COSEWIC’s obligations under SARA Section 24 and 25. A full detailed summary of the assessment for each species and the reason for the designation can be found in Appendix I of the attached report.
Since its inception, COSEWIC has assessed 602 wildlife species in various risk categories, including 262 Endangered, 151 Threatened, 166 Special Concern and 23 Extirpated. In addition, 13 wildlife species have been assessed as Extinct. Also, to date, 46 wildlife species have been identified by COSEWIC as Data Deficient and 166 wildlife species were assessed as Not at Risk.
This year has been a particularly productive year for COSEWIC’s Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) Subcommittee. In April 2010 COSEWIC approved the Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Process and Protocol Guidelines, providing clear and agreed principles for the gathering of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge to carry out COSEWIC functions as required under Section 15(2) of SARA (See Appendix III of the attached report). We are grateful for the rich and enthusiastic contribution made by community elders and experts in helping the ATK Subcommittee prepare the ATK protocols.
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c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
- Coastrange Sculpin (Cultus-L population)
- Eastern Sand Darter (Ontario populations)
- Eastern Sand Darter (Quebec populations)
- Paxton Lake Benthic Threespine Stickleback
- Paxton Lake Limnetic Threespine Stickleback
- Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Westslope populations)
- Umatilla Dace
- Vananda Creek Benthic Threespine Stickleback
- Vananda Creek Limnetic Threespine Stickleback
- Western Brook Lamprey (Morrison Creek population)
- Acadian Redfish (Atlantic population)
- Acadian Redfish (Bonne Bay population)
- Atlantic Cod (Newfoundland and Labrador population)
- Atlantic Cod (Laurentian North population)
- Atlantic Cod (Arctic Lakes population)
- Atlantic Cod (Laurentian South population)
- Atlantic Cod (Southern population)
- Basking Shark (Atlantic population)
- Darkblotched Rockfish
- Deepwater Redfish (Northern population)
- Deepwater Redfish (Gulf of St. Lawrence - Laurentian Channel population)
- Quillback Rockfish
- Spiny Dogfish (Atlantic population)
- Yellowmouth Rockfish
- Grey Whale (Atlantic population)
- Mammals (terrestrial)
- Vascular Plants
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