Response Statement - Long's Braya

December 8, 2011

Common Name: Long's Braya
Scientific Name: Braya longii

Status assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC): Endangered

How the Minister of the Environment intends to respond to the assessment: The above assessment confirms the classification of the Long's Braya which is already on Schedule 1, the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. This species will thus remain on the List as Endangered and activities will continue to be undertaken in a manner consistent with the purposes, and according to the timelines identified in, the Species at Risk Act.

Reason(s) for status designation provided by COSEWIC:  This regionally restricted Canadian endemic is known only from five sites within the limestone barrens on the island of Newfoundland. Since it was last assessed as Endangered in 2000, this species continues to experience declines in total population size and increases in the number and severity of biotic threats, which include the non-native Diamondback Moth and two pathogens.

Occurrence: Newfoundland and Labrador

Competent Minister(s):
Minister of Environment

Conservation activities underway: A National Recovery Team has been put in place for this species. A recovery strategy has been written for the Long's Braya (Braya longii) and has been posted as proposed on the SAR Public Registry.