Changes for Species at Risk in Quebec
The Government of Canada recently announced decisions about whether to list aquatic species on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). Three of these species are found in Quebec.
The status of the St. Lawrence Estuary Beluga population was changed from threatened to endangered. However, this change will not lead to additional protection for the species, since it already has the full protection of SARA. This change in status is the result of a slow decline in abundance observed since the early 2000s.
The small population of the lacs des Loups marins Harbour Seal subspecies, which lives only in fresh water, was added to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk with the status of endangered species.
Based on an assessment, the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna was not listed. Protection measures other than those under the Species at Risk Act will be implemented to ensure the sustainable management of this species.