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Proceedings 2011/050

Proceedings of the Zonal Science Advisory Process on Recovery Potential Assessment of the Maritime Designatable Unit of American Plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides); March 24 and 25, 2011

Chairperson: C. LeBlanc


A zonal advisory process meeting was held March 24 and 25, 2011 in Moncton (NB) to conduct a science peer review on the Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) of the Maritime Designatable Unit (DU) of American Plaice. The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) has designated the American Plaice Maritime DU as “Threatened” in April 2009. This species is not currently listed under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In support of a listing recommendation for this American Plaice DU by the Minister, DFO Science has been asked to undertake an RPA, based on the National Frameworks (DFO 2007a and b). The advice in the RPA may be used to inform both scientific and socio-economic elements of the listing decision, as well as development of a recovery strategy and action plan, and to support decision-making with regards to the issuance of permits, agreements and related conditions. The advice generated via this process will also update and/or consolidate any existing advice regarding this American Plaice DU. Meeting participants included experts from DFO, aboriginal communities, provinces, industry, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders. This proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions and recommendations from the peer-review meeting and presents revisions to be made to the associated Science Advisory Report and research documents.

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