A regional science peer-review meeting was held on 23 June 2010 in Burlington, Ontario. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the recovery potential of Spotted Gar (Lepisosteus oculatus) based on the 17 steps outlined in the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) framework (DFO 2007). Spotted Gar was added to Schedule I of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) when it was proclaimed in June 2003. The resulting RPA Science Advisory Report will provide the information and scientific advice required for the Department to meet various requirements of SARA for this species including permitting and development of recovery strategies. Meeting participants included representatives from DFO (several sectors), Long Point Conservation Authority, University of Windsor, and Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada. This proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions from the peer-review meeting and presents revisions to be made to the associated research documents.
The working papers presented at the workshop will be published in the form of Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Research Documents. The advice from the meeting will be published as a CSAS Science Advisory Report.
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