Description of critical habitat of the Eastern Sand Darter, Ontario Populations in Long Point National Wildlife Area

The Eastern Sand Darter, Ontario Populations (Ammocrypta pellucida) is a freshwater fish species listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act as threatened. In Canada, the Ontario populations of the Eastern Sand Darter are found in streams, rivers, and sandy shoals in lakes in Southwestern Ontario. The species typically inhabits waters with gentle current, fine sandy substrates, and fine gravel. The Recovery Strategy for the Eastern Sand Darter (Ammocrypta pellucida) in Canada: Ontario Populations identifies critical habitat for the species in a number of areas, including a federally protected area.

Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to subsection 58(2) of the Species at Risk Act, subsection 58(1) of that Act applies, 90 days after this publication, to the critical habitat of the Eastern Sand Darter, as identified in the recovery strategy on the Species at Risk Public Registry, within the following federally protected area:  Long Point National Wildlife Area, the boundaries of which are described in Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Area Regulations made pursuant to the Canada Wildlife Act.

Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard