An order published December 9, 2010 proposes to add six aquatic species to Schedule 1 of the Species At Risk Act (SARA) and to re-classify three species on Schedule 1 of SARA.

But the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans advised the Minister of the Environment not to recommend the addition of three other aquatic species to Schedule 1, contrary to the recommendation of the risk assessment by COSEWIC.(the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada).

The addition of species to Schedule 1 as extirpated, endangered, or threatened invokes prohibitions against killing, harming, harassing, capturing, taking, possessing, collecting, buying, selling or trading individuals of these species and against damaging or destroying the residence of one or more of such individuals. SARA also requires a preparation of recovery strategies and action plans to provide for their recovery and survival.

In September 2010, COSEWIC transmitted to the Governor-in-Council assessments for 12 aquatic species. Of the 12 species, the Governor in Council is proposing to add 6 aquatic species to Schedule 1 and to reclassify three aquatic species on Schedule 1. The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has advised the Minister of the Environment that he recommend to the GIC not to add three other aquatic species to Schedule 1.

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For the Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement regarding the proposed amendments to the schedule to the Species at Risk Act, see Canada Gazette, Part I, December 18, 2010, p.3227. Canada Gazette Page 3227 See also for the proposed regulatory text, Canada Gazette, Part I, December 18, 2010, pp.3262 – 3264. Gazette Pages 3262-3264.