Basking shark (Cetorhinus maximus) in Canadian Pacific Waters: recovery strategy: chapter 22

Appendix B: Record of Cooperation and Consultation

The Pacific population of Basking Shark is listed as an endangered species on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). As an aquatic species, they fall under federal jurisdiction, and are managed by both by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and by the Minister of the Environment (as competent Minister for Parks Canada Agency under SARA). DFO established a small internal working group of technical experts to develop the initial draft of this recovery strategy. See section 12 of this document for a list of technical team members.

In December 2007, a technical workshop was held to seek comments and input on the “assessment of information used to develop a Recovery Potential Assessment for Basking Shark Cetorhinus maximus (Pacific population) in Canada” research document. Participants included scientific and technical experts from DFO, academia, an environmental non-governmental organization (ENGO), and the U.S. government. In October 2008, the Pacific Scientific Advice Review Committee (PSARC) held another meeting to seek peer review on this document (see CSAS proceeding series 2009/033 for meeting details). This also provided an opportunity to share knowledge and expertise on Basking Sharks. Participants from DFO Science, Habitat Management and Fisheries and Aquatic Management sectors, the fishing industry, academia, the ENGO community, the Province of British Columbia and the general public including biological consultants were invited to attend.

Letters were sent out to all coastal First Nations soliciting participation in the development of the Recovery Strategy. Given that the population considered in this document migrates through Canadian, U.S., and Mexican Pacific waters, bilateral government and non-government input and collaboration was sought. The draft recovery strategy was sent to Parks Canada Agency, Canadian Coast Guard, Environment Canada, Transport Canada, Department of National Defence, the Province of British Columbia, as well as to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for review and comment. 

This draft recovery strategy was posted to the DFO Pacific Region Consultation website for a public comment period September 7 to October 12, 2010. The above consultations were web-based, and included mail-outs to all coastal First Nations soliciting input and feedback on the draft recovery strategy. The mail-outs to First Nations were followed up by email and fax; no comments on the document were received. An initial draft of the recovery strategy, along with a discussion guide and feedback form, was available. Notification of this consultation period was also been sent to a distribution list of ENGO’s, government agencies and the eco-tourism sector. The document was presented at the Groundfish Forum on September 27, 2010 with members of the Groundfish Integrated Advisory Board, Halibut Advisory Board, Sablefish Advisory Committee, Groundfish Hook and Line Advisory Committee and the Groundfish Trawl Advisory Committee invited to attend and provide comments to the website. A discussion of the Recovery Strategy was held during the Groundfish Forum; however, no comments were received. Responses were received from the U.S.A. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. All feedback received during this consultation period has been incorporated into the final recovery strategy.

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