Recovery Strategy for the Channel Darter
Another step towards the recovery of this species at risk
Fisheries and Oceans Canada announces the publication of the Recovery Strategy for the Channel Darter, a threatened species. This small freshwater fish, which is found in the St. Lawrence River and a few tributaries in Quebec and Ontario, is protected under the Species at Risk Act. The Channel Darter is threatened by habitat loss and degradatio,n as well as the introduction of invasive species and diseases.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada has prepared this recovery strategy in cooperation with the governments of Quebec and Ontario, as well as other organizations. The objective of the strategy is to maintain existing Channel Darter populations and restore self-sustaining populations to the species' former habitats, where feasible. In addition, the recovery strategy has identified five areas as critical habitat. The Species at Risk Act prohibits destruction of this critical habitat required for the survival and recovery of the species, thereby helping to protect this small fish.
Many actions for the recovery of the species have already been undertaken in cooperation with various partners. For example, awareness raising activities, as well as surveys, have been conducted and an information pamphlet has been published. In addition, in 2009 the Government of Quebec added the Channel Darter to the List of species prohibited for use as baitfish.