Atlantic Salmon Consultations on Species at Risk


A scientific assessment of the risk status of 16 populations of wild Atlantic salmon in Canada has been completed by COSEWIC (Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildife in Canada).

COSEWIC assessed the Atlantic salmon as extinct, extirpated, endangered, threatened, special concern, data deficient, or not at risk based on populations in groupings of rivers called DESIGNATABLE UNITS (DUs).

With the assessment complete, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has embarked on a public consultation process asking for comments on the potential benefits or impacts of adding  Atlantic salmon populations to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk under the Species at Risk Act. The purposes of this Act are to prevent wildlife species from becoming extinct, to provide for their recovery and to conserve biological diversity.  Important background documents, including assessment report, maps, and outline of the process, are available via the link below.

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