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Quebec Bulletin
August-September 2016/Volume 19/Number 4

New Publications

Action plan for the North Atlantic Right Whale (Eubalaena glacialis) in Canada: Fishery Interactions – Proposed

Cover page of the Action plan for the North Atlantic Right Whale

This action plan places priority on addressing Objective 2 of the recovery strategy: Reduce mortality and injury as a result of fishing gear interactions, and presents two approaches to address this objective: prevention (reduce the probability of Right Whales interacting with fishing gear), and response (reduce the severity of entanglements by responding to reported incidents).

The North Atlantic Right Whale is a large migratory whale whose known range extends from coastal waters of Florida to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, with an estimated population of only approximately 500 individuals. The document is presently posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry for public comment until October 17, 2016.

Management Plan for the Northern Brook Lamprey (Ichthyomyzon fossor) in Canada (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence populations) – Proposed

Cover page of the Management plan for the Northern Brook Lamprey

The Northern Brook Lamprey (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence populations) was listed under the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern in 2009.

Across Canada, the Northern Brook Lamprey lives in rivers and lakes sharing a largely overlapping range in the Great Lakes and Upper St. Lawrence system with the Silver Lamprey. The non-parasitic Northern Brook Lamprey is considered a smaller-sized relative of the parasitic Silver Lamprey. Lampricide use to manage invasive Sea Lamprey is the main threat for Northern Brook Lamprey in the Great Lakes. In Quebec, habitat loss and deterioration, and pollution from agricultural activities are the principal threats.

The long-term goal of this management plan is to ensure the persistence of Northern Brook Lamprey throughout its current and historical ranges. The document is presently posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry for public comment until October 17, 2016.

Management Plan for the River Redhorse (Moxostoma carinatum) in Canada - Proposed

Cover page of the Management plan for the River Redhorse

The River Redhorse was listed under the Species at Risk Act as a species of special concern in 2007. The designation was based on the species’ highly disjunct and restricted range as well as its disappearance from three historical sites.

It occurs in southern and eastern Ontario, and in southern and southwestern Quebec. The principal threats affecting the future survival of the River Redhorse are habitat degradation through siltation, agricultural and urban pollution, and instream barriers such as dams, which restrict access to spawning areas and can change flow regimes during spawning periods.

The long-term goal of this management plan is to maintain self-sustaining River Redhorse populations at current locations and restore self-sustaining populations at historical locations where feasible. The document is presently posted on the Species at Risk Public Registry for public comment until October 17, 2016.