Response Statements

Response Statement - Northern Sunfish, Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populations

This is a small-bodied member of the sunfish family that inhabits shallow vegetated areas of warm lakes, ponds, and slow-flowing rivers. Its spatial distribution is relatively small and likely patchy. It is suspected that the index of area of occupancy and abundance of the species has declined. Threats are variable across its range with some areas of declining habitat quality and other areas with improving habitat quality. Overall, the threats of siltation, contaminants, and invasive species were assessed as high. The species is likely to become Threatened unless these threats are effectively ameliorated.

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Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
351 Boul St-Joseph
Gatineau, QC
K1A 0H3
Tel: 800-668-6767
Fax: 819-938-4147
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