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Consultation Workbook Regarding the Addition of the St. Lawrence Population of Beluga to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk under the Species at Risk Act

OCTOBER 2004

Preamble

Your opinion is being sought by the Canadian Government in order to make an informed decision concerning the addition of the Beluga Whale (St.Lawrence population) to the “List of Wildlife Species at Risk”, as presented in Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

The status of the Beluga Whale (St. Lawrence population) was reviewed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in May 2004. Since the COSEWIC has designated the St.Lawrence Beluga Whale as being “threatened”, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans must now decide whether to recommend that the Governor in Council adds the species to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. Before deciding how to proceed, the federal government wishes to consult Canadians, particularly those directly concerned, to obtain their opinion in order to properly determine the social and economic impacts, both positive and negative, of the addition of the St.Lawrence Beluga Whale to the List of Wildlife Species at Risk. This consultation workbook was therefore designed with this objective in mind.

We encourage you to answer the questions (any or all) at the end of this workbook. We also invite you to add any comment you consider relevant. Your answers and comments will be taken into consideration in the decision-making process.  Responses are required before:

12 November 2004

You can download a copy of this consultation workbook and find additional information regarding SARA at the following Internet address:

http://www.sararegistry.gc.ca

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