Liaison Committee Between Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Quebec Harvesting Sector

Species at Risk Act – Update regarding Cod, American Plaice and Redfish

Presentation to the Liaison Committee between DFO and the Harvesting Sector PDF Version

November 27, 2013 Quebec City

Species at Risk Act

  • Prevent wildlife species from being extirpated or extinct
  • Provide for the recovery of endangered or threatened species
  • Manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened

SARA process

  • Assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
  • Consultation by the competent minister
  • Listing recommendation
    • If listed:
      • Automatic prohibitions
      • Recovery document
    • If not listed:
      • Other management measures

Information taken into account for the listing recommendation

  • COSEWIC report
  • Recovery potential assessment
  • Socio-economic assessment
    • Information summary available on request
  • Consultations


Consultations on listing of Atlantic Cod, American Plaice and Redfish from November 1st, 2013 to January 31st, 2014

Atlantic Cod

  • Laurentian North (4RS3Pn3Ps)
  • Laurentian South (4TWV)
  • Southern (4X5YZ)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (2GHJ3KLNO)
  • Endangered

Map Atlantic Cod

American Plaice

  • Maritimes (4RSTVWX)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador (2+3KLNOPsPn)
  • Threatened
Map American Plaice


Deepwater Redfish

  • Gulf of St. Lawrence and Laurentian Channel (4RSTWV, 3P)
    • Endangered
  • Northern (OAB, 2GHJ, 3KLNO)
    • Threatened

Acadian Redfish

  • Atlantic (OB, 2GHJ, 3KLNOP, 4RSTVWX)
    • Endangered
Deepwater Redfish Map


  • SARA Public Registry
  • Public notices in major newspapers and Pêche Impact
  • Information summaries and questionnaires sent to main stakeholders
    • Fishing industry, Aboriginals, MRC, NGO
  • Fishing industry
    • Fishing associations were informed by letter and email
    • Meetings on request

Fisheries and Oceans Canada would like to receive your comments. Please send the filled out questionnaires to:

Species at Risk Management
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850, route de la Mer, BOX 1000
Mont-Joli (Québec)
G5H 3Z4


Contact us for any questions
or meeting requests at:

Next steps

  • Consultations until January 31st, 2014
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada will analyse carefully all comments received
  • Listing recommendations
    • Comments received during consultations
    • Scientific analysis
    • Socio-economic analysis