Maritimes Region - aquatic species at risk

Maritimes Region - aquatic species at risk

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To learn more about the Species at Risk Act and Canada's aquatic wildlife, contact us.

The Maritimes regional headquarters can be found in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Numerous offices as well as 4 research centres are located throughout the southern parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Mandate

Fisheries and Oceans established a Species at Risk Management Division (SARMD) in 1999 to lead the coordination of the Region's Species at Risk Program.

Key activities

SARMD is responsible for regional species at risk and oversees assessment, consultation, listing, recovery planning and implementation, and permitting. To implement these activities, SARMD works closely with other DFO programs (including Fisheries and Aquaculture Management, Fisheries Protection Program, Oceans and Coastal Management, Policy and Economics, and Science) and relies on the cooperation of other government agencies, First Nations and other Aboriginal organizations, stakeholders, and the general public.

The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) is an independent committee of experts, which assesses the status of a species based on the best available information, including scientific data, local ecological information, and Aboriginal traditional knowledge. Once aquatic species are assessed, DFO is responsible for making a recommendation to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change on whether or not to list the species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). As part of this process, DFO conducts consultations open to all Canadians to determine potential benefits or impacts of listing a species.

Species at risk in your area

Use the search function to find aquatic species at risk.

Public consultations

For more information on SARA public consultations, please visit the SARA Public Registry.

Success stories

Read more about recovering species at risk.

Maritimes aquatic species at risk

Learn more about the aquatic species listed under the federal SARA that are found in the Maritimes Region by viewing their profiles. Not all species are equally at risk, so they are separated into categories: Extinct, Extirpated, Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern. Endangered Species: a wildlife species that is facing imminent Extirpation or Extinction

Species Name Species Group Region(s) / Province(s) / Territory(s) Status
Atlantic Whitefish
Atlantic Whitefish
Coregonus huntsmani
Fishes (freshwater) Maritimes Endangered
Leatherback Turtle
Leatherback Sea Turtle (Atlantic population)
Dermochelys coriacea
Reptiles Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Pacific, Quebec Endangered
Details for Northern Bottlenose Whale (Scotian Shelf)
Northern Bottlenose Whale (Scotian Shelf)
Hyperoodon ampullatus
Marine Mammals Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador Endangered
Details for Blue Whale (Atlantic)
Blue Whale (Atlantic population)
Balaenoptera musculus
Marine Mammals Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec Endangered
North Atlantic Right Whale
North Atlantic Right Whale
Eubalaena glacialis
Marine Mammals Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec Endangered
Endangered (Atlantic Population)
White Shark (Atlantic Population)
Carcharodon carcharias
Fishes (marine) Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec Endangered
Details for Atlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy)
Atlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy)
Salmo salar
Fishes (marine/anadromous) Maritimes Endangered
Details for Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia small-bodied population)
Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia small-bodied population)
Osmerus sp.
Fishes (Freshwater) Maritimes Threatened
Northern Wolffish
Northern Wolffish
Anarhichas denticulatus
Fishes (marine) Nunavut, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Nova Scotia Threatened
Spotted Wolffish
Spotted Wolffish
Anarhichas minor
Fishes (marine) Nunavut,Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Nova Scotia Threatened
Atlantic Wolffish
Atlantic Wolffish
Anarhichas lupus
Fishes (marine) Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador Special Concern
Yellow Lampmussel
Yellow Lampmussel
Lampsilis cariosa
Molluscs Maritimes Special Concern
Details for Fin Whale (Atlantic)
Fin Whale (Atlantic)
Balaenoptera physalus
Marine Mammals Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec Special Concern
Shortnose Sturgeon
Shortnose Sturgeon
Acipenser brevirostrum
Fishes (marine/anadromous) Maritimes Special Concern
Sowerby's Beaked Whale
Sowerby's Beaked Whale
Mesoplodon bidens
Marine Mammals Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador Special Concern
Details for Atlantic Walrus (Northwest Atlantic)
Atlantic Walrus (Northwest Atlantic)
Odobenus rosmarus
Marine Mammals Gulf, Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec Extirpated
Dwarf Wedgemussel
Dwarf Wedgemussel
Alasmidonta heterodon
Molluscs Maritimes Extirpated
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Caretta caretta
Reptiles Maritimes, Newfoundland and Labrador Endangered