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Proceedings 2013/022

Proceedings of the Regional Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) of Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.); March 22-23, 2011

Chairperson: K. Martin
Editor: L. Kruger


In 2006, two populations of Rocky Mountain Sculpin (Cottus sp.) – also referred to as “Eastslope” Sculpin – from the St. Mary and Milk river systems of Alberta were officially listed as Threatened under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). A regional advisory meeting was held on 22 and 23 March 2011 in Lethbridge, Alberta. The purpose of the meeting was to provide science advice on the recovery potential of Rocky Mountain Sculpin based on the Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) framework. Advice resulting from the RPA meeting may be used to inform the development of recovery documents, and to support decision-making with regards to SARA agreements and permits. Meeting participants included DFO Science and Habitat Management sectors of the Central and Arctic Region, and specialists from Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Environment, and the University of Tennessee.

This Proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions and presents the key conclusions reached at the meeting. Detailed information about Rocky Mountain Sculpin which supports the assessment is published as Research Documents and the advice from the meeting is published as a Science Advisory Report on the DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) .

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