Aquatic Species Listed under SARA and Protected by the Fisheries Act

The following table is the list of Aquatic Species at Risk found in Canadian waters.

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Last update: May 16, 2016

Aquatic Species at Risk found in Canadian waters
SpeciesScientific NameDesignatable UnitSARA StatusLink to SAR Public RegistryNames previously used by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
Atlantic SalmonSalmo salarInner Bay of Fundy populationEndangeredProfile of Atlantic Salmon, Inner Bay of Fundy populationAtlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy populations)
Atlantic WalrusOdobenus rosmarus rosmarusNorthwest Atlantic populationExtirpatedProfile of Atlantic Walrus, Northwest Atlantic populationN/A
Atlantic WhitefishCoregonus huntsmani-EndangeredProfile of Atlantic WhitefishAcadian Whitefish
scientific name: Coregonus Canadensis)
Atlantic WolffishAnarhichas lupus-Special ConcernProfile of Atlantic WolffishStriped Wolffish
Aurora TroutSalvelinus fontinalis timagamiensis-EndangeredProfile of Aurora TroutN/A
Banded KillifishFundulus diaohanusNewfoundland populationsSpecial ConcernProfile of Banded Killifish, Newfoundland populationsBanded Killifish (Mainland population)
Basking SharkCetorhinus maximusPacific populationEndangeredProfile of Basking Shark, Pacific populationN/A
Beluga WhaleDelphinapterus LeucasSt. Lawrence Estuary populationThreatenedProfile of Beluga Whale, St. Lawrence Estuary populationBeluga Whale (Beaufort Sea / Arctic Ocean population)
Bigmouth BuffaloIctiobus cyprinellusSaskatchewan - Nelson River populationsSpecial ConcernProfile of Bigmouth Buffalo, Saskatchewan – Nelson River populationsN/A
Blackstripe TopminnowFundulus notatus-Special ConcernProfile of Black Stripe TopminnowN/A
Blue WhaleBalaenoptera musculusPacific populationEndangeredProfile of Blue Whale, Pacific populationN/A
Blue WhaleBalaenoptera musculusAtlantic populationEndangeredProfile of Blue Whale, Atlantic populationN/A
Bluntnose Sixgill SharkHexanchus griseus-Special ConcernProfile of Bluntnose Sixgill SharkN/A
Bowhead WhaleBalaena mysticetusBering-Chukchi-Beaufort populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Bowhead Whale, Bering-Chukchi-Beaufort populationN/A
Bridle ShinerNotropis bifrenatus-Special ConcernProfile of Bridle ShinerN/A
Brook FloaterAlasmidonta varicosa-Special ConcernProfile of Brook FloaterN/A
Carmine ShinerNotropis percobromus-ThreatenedProfile of Carmine ShinerRosyface Shiner (Manitoba population)
Channel DarterPercina copelandi-ThreatenedProfile of Channel DarterN/A
Coastrange SculpinCottus aleuticusCultus populationThreatenedProfile of Coastrange Sculpin, Cultus populationCultus Pygmy Sculpin
Columbia SculpinCottus hubbsi-Special ConcernProfile of Columbia SculpinColumbia Mottled Sculpin
Copper RedhorseMoxostoma hubbsi-EndangeredProfile of Copper RedhorseN/A
Deepwater SculpinMyoxocephalus thompsoniiGreat Lakes - Western St. Lawrence populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Deepwater Sculpin, Great Lakes - Western St. Lawrence populationN/A
Dwarf WedgemusselAlasmidonta heterodon-ExtirpatedProfile of Dwarf WedgemusselN/A
Eastern PondmusselLigumia nasuta-EndangeredProfile of Eastern PondmusselN/A
Eastern Sand DarterAmmocrypta pellucidaOntario populationsThreatenedProfile  of Eastern Sand Dater, Ontario populationsN/A
Eastern Sand DarterAmmocrypta pellucidaQuebec populationsThreatenedProfile  of Eastern Sand Dater, Quebec populationsN/A
Enos Lake Benthic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Enos Lake Benthic Threespine SticklebackEnos Lake Benthic Stickleback
Enos Lake Limnetic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Enos Lake Limnetic Threespine SticklebackEnos Lake Limnetic Stickleback
Fin WhaleBalaenoptera physalusPacific populationThreatenedProfile of Fin Whale, Pacific populationN/A
Fin WhaleBalaenoptera physalusAtlantic populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Fin Whale, Atlantic populationN/A
Grass PickerelEsox americanus vermiculatus-Special ConcernProfile of Grass PickerelN/A
Gravel ChubErimystax x-punctatus-ExtirpatedProfile of Gravel ChubN/A
Green SturgeonAcipenser medirostris-Special ConcernProfile of Green SturgeonN/A
Grey WhaleEschrichtius robustusEastern North Pacific populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Grey Whale, Eastern North Pacific populationGrey Whale (Northeast Pacific population)
Grey WhaleEschrichtius robustusAtlantic populationExtirpatedProfile of Grey Whale, Atlantic populationN/A
Harbour PorpoisePhocoena phocoenaPacific Ocean populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Harbour Porpoise, Pacific Ocean populationN/A
Hotwater PhysaPhysella wrighti-EndangeredProfile of Hotwater PhysaN/A
Humpback WhaleMegaptera novaeangliaeNorth Pacific populationThreatenedProfile of Humpback Whale, North Pacific populationN/A
KidneyshellPtychobranchus fasciolaris-EndangeredProfile of KidneyshellN/A
Killer WhaleOrcinus orcaNortheast Pacific Transient populationThreatenedProfile of Killer Whale, Northeast Pacific Transient populationKiller Whale (West Coast Transient population)
Killer WhaleOrcinus orcaNortheast Pacific Southern Resident populationEndangeredProfile of Killer Whale, Northeast Pacific Southern Resident populationKiller Whale (Southern Resident population)
Killer WhaleOrcinus orcaNortheast Pacific Northern Resident populationThreatenedProfile of Killer Whale, Northeast Pacific Northern Resident populationKiller Whale (Northern Resident population)
Killer WhaleOrcinus orcaNortheast Pacific Offshore populationThreatenedProfile of Killer Whale, Northeast Pacific Offshore populationKiller Whale (Offshore population)
Lake ChubsuckerErimyzon sucetta-EndangeredProfile of Lake ChubsuckerN/A
Leatherback Sea TurtleDermochelys coriacea-EndangeredProfile of Leatherback Sea TurtleN/A
Longspine ThornyheadSebastolobus altivelis-Special ConcernProfile of Longspine ThornyheadN/A
MapleleafQuadrula quadrulaSaskatchewan - Nelson populationEndangeredProfile of Mapleleaf, Saskatchewan - Nelson populationMapleleaf Mussel (Saskatchewan - Nelson population)
MapleleafQuadrula quadrulaGreat Lakes - Western St. Lawrence populationThreatenedProfile of Mapleleaf, Great Lakes - Western St. Lawrence populationMapleleaf Mussel (Great Lakes - Western St. Lawrence population)
Misty Lake Lentic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Misty Lake Lentic Threespine SticklebackMisty Lake Lentic Stickleback
Misty Lake Lotic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Misty Lake Lotic Threespine SticklebackMisty Lake Lotic Stickleback
Nooksack DaceRhinichthys cataractae ssp-EndangeredProfile of Nooksack Dacescientific name Rhinichthys sp. ; Rhinichthyscataractae
North Atlantic Right WhaleEubalaena glacialis-EndangeredProfile of North Atlantic Right WhaleN/A
North Pacific Right WhaleEubalaena japonica-EndangeredProfile of North Pacific Right WhaleN/A
Northern AbaloneHaliotis kamtschatkana-EndangeredProfile of Northern AbaloneN/A
Northern Bottlenose WhaleHyperoodon ampullatusScotian Shelf populationEndangeredProfile of Northern Bottlenose Whale, Scotian Shelf populationNorthern Bottlenose Whale (Gully population)
Northern Brook LampreyIchthyomyzon fossorGreat Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populationsSpecial ConcernProfile of Northern Brook Lamprey, Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence populationsN/A
Northern MadtomNoturus stigmosus-EndangeredProfile of Northern Northern MadtomN/A
Northern RiffleshellEpioblasma torulosa rangiana-EndangeredProfile of Northern RiffleshellN/A
Northern WolffishAnarhichas denticulatus-ThreatenedProfile of Northern WolffishN/A
Olympia OysterOstrea lurida-Special ConcernProfile of Olympia Oysterscientific name: Ostrea conchaphila
PaddlefishPolyodon spathula-ExtirpatedProfile of PaddlefishN/A
Paxton Lake Benthic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Paxton Lake Benthic Threespine SticklebackBenthic Texada Island Stickleback; Paxton Lake Benthic Stickleback
Scientific: Gasterosteus sp.
Paxton Lake Limnetic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Paxton Lake Limnetic Threespine SticklebackLimnetic Texada Island Stickleback; Paxton Lake Limnetic Stickleback
Scientific: Gasterosteus sp.
Pugnose MinnowOpsopoeodus emiliae-Special ConcernProfile of Pugnose MinnowN/A
Pugnose ShinerNotropis anogenus-EndangeredProfile of Pugnose ShinerN/A
RainbowVillosa iris-EndangeredProfile of RainbowN/A
Rainbow SmeltOsmerus mordaxLake Utopia small-bodied populationThreatenedProfile of Rainbow Smelt, Lake Utopia small-bodied populationLake Utopia Dwarf Smelt
Scientific: Osmerus sp.
Rayed BeanVillosa fabalis-EndangeredProfile of Rayed BeanN/A
River RedhorseMoxostoma carinatum-Special ConcernProfile of River RedhorseN/A
Rocky Mountain Ridged MusselGonidea angulata-Special ConcernProfile of Rocky Mountain Ridged MusselN/A
Rocky Mountain SculpinCottus sp.Eastslope populationsThreatenedProfile of Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Eastslope poulations"Eastslope" Sculpin (St. Mary and Milk River populations); Rocky Mountain Sculpin (St. Mary and Milk River populations)
Rougheye Rockfish type ISebastes sp. type I-Special ConcernProfile of Rougheye Rockfish type Iscientific name: Sebastes aleutianus type I
Rougheye Rockfish type IISebastes sp. type II-Special ConcernProfile of Rougheye Rockfish type IIscientific name: Sebastes aleutianus type II
Round HickorynutObovaria subrotunda-EndangeredProfile of Round HickorynutN/A
Round PigtoePleurobema sintoxia-EndangeredProfile of Round PigtoeN/a
Salamander MusselSimpsonaias ambigua-EndangeredProfile of Salamander MusselMudpuppy Mussel
scientific name: Simpsonais ambigua
Salish SuckerCatostomus sp. cf. catostomus-EndangeredProfile of Salish SuckerSalish Sucker (Chehalis populations)
scientific name: Catostomus sp. ; Catostomuscatostomus ; Catostomus catostomus
Sea OtterEnhydra lutris-Special ConcernProfile of Sea OtterN/A
Sei WhaleBalaenoptera borealisPacific populationEndangeredProfile of Sei Whale, Pacific populationN/A
Shorthead SculpinCottus confusus-Special ConcernProfile of Shorthead SculpinN/A
Shortnose CiscoCoregonus reighardi-EndangeredProfile of Shortnose CiscoN/A
Shortnose SturgeonAcipenser brevirostrum-Special ConcernProfile of Shortnose SturgeonN/A
Silver ChubMacrhybopsis storeriana-Special ConcernProfile of Silver ChubN/A
SnuffboxEpioblasma triquetra-EndangeredProfile of SnuffboxN/A
Sowerby`s Beaked WhaleMesoplodon bidens-Special ConcernProfile of Sowerby`s Beaked WhaleNorth Sea Beaked Whale
Speckled DaceRhinichthys osculus-EndangeredProfile of Speckled DaceN/A
Spotted GarLepisosteus oculatus-ThreatenedProfile of Spotted GarN/A
Spotted SuckerMinytrema melanops-Special ConcernProfile of Spotted SuckerN/A
Spotted WolffishAnarhichas minor-ThreatenedProfile of Spotted WolffishN/A
Spring CiscoCoregonus sp-EndangeredProfile of Spring ciscoN/A
Steller Sea LionEumetopias jubatus-Special ConcernProfile of Stellar Sea LionN/A
Striped BassMorone saxatilisSt. Lawrence River populationExtirpatedProfile of Striped Bass, St. Lawrence River populationStriped Bass (St. Lawrence Estuary population)
TopeGaleorhinus galeus-Special ConcernProfile of TopeSoupfin Shark
Upper Great Lakes KiyiCoregonus kiyi kiyi-Special ConcernProfile of Upper Great Lakes KiyiN/A
Vananda Creek Benthic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Vananda Creek Benthic Threespine SticklebackVananda Creek Benthic Stickleback
(scientific name): Gasterosteus sp.
Vananda Creek Limnetic Threespine SticklebackGasterosteus aculeatus-EndangeredProfile of Vananda Creek Limnetic Threespine SticklebackVananda Creek Limnetic Stickleback
(scientific name): Gasterosteus sp.
Vancouver LampreyLampetra macrostoma-ThreatenedProfile of Vancouver LampreyCowichan Lake Lamprey ; Lake Lamprey
(scientific name): Lampetra macrostoma
WarmouthLepomis gulosus-Special ConcernProfile of WarmouthN/A
Wavy-rayed LampmusselLampsilis fasciola-Special ConcernProfile of Wavy-rayed LampmusselN/A
Western Brook LampreyLampetra richardsoniMorrison Creek populationEndangeredProfile of Western Brook Lamprey, Morrison Creek populationMorrison Creek Lamprey ; Western Brook Lamprey
Western Silvery MinnowHybognathus argyritis-ThreatenedProfile of Western Silvery MinnowN/A
Westslope Cutthroat TroutOncorhynchus clarkii lewisiAlberta populationThreatenedProfile of Westslope Cutthroat Trout, Alberta populationN/A
Westslope Cutthroat TroutOncorhynchus clarkii lewisiBritish Columbia populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Westslope Cutthroat Trout, British Columbia populationN/A
White SharkCarcharodon carchariasAtlantic populationEndangeredProfile of White Shark, Atlantic populationGreat White Shark (Atlantic population)
White SturgeonAcipenser transmontanusNechako River populationEndangeredProfile of White Sturgeon, Nechako River populationN/A
White SturgeonAcipenser transmontanusUpper Columbia River populationEndangeredProfile of White Sturgeon, Upper Columbia River populationN/A
White SturgeonAcipenser transmontanusUpper Kootenay River populationEndangeredProfile of White Sturgeon, Upper Kootenay River populationN/A
White SturgeonAcipenser transmontanusUpper Fraser River populationEndangeredProfile of White Sturgeon, Upper Fraser River populationN/A
Yellow LampmusselLampsilis cariosa-Special ConcernProfile of Yellow LampmusselN/A
Yelloweye RockfishSebastes ruberrimusPacific Ocean Inside Waters populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Yelloweye Rockfish, Pacific Ocean Inside Waters populationN/A
Yelloweye RockfishSebastes ruberrimusPacific Ocean Outside Waters populationSpecial ConcernProfile of Yelloweye Rockfish, Pacific Ocean Outside Waters populationN/A