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Proceedings 2013/036

Proceedings of the recovery potential assessment of Western Silvery Minnow (Hybognathus argyritis); March 23-24, 2011

Chairperson: K. Martin
Editor: L. Kruger


The Western Silvery Minnow (Hybognathus argyritis) was listed as Threatened on Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) in 2003. In April 2008, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) re-assessed and designated Western Silvery Minnow as Endangered and now it is being considered for up-listing under the SARA. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science was asked to undertake a Recovery Potential Assessment (RPA) to inform the development of recovery documents, and to support decision-making with regards to up-listing and SARA agreements and permits. A Science advisory meeting was held on March 23 and 24, 2011 in Lethbridge, Alberta, to conduct the RPA. Meeting participants were from DFO Science and Habitat Management sectors of the Central and Arctic Region, and specialists from Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Environment and Montana State University.

This Proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions and presents the key conclusions reached at the meeting. The Science Advisory Report and two supporting Research Documents, resulting from this advisory meeting, are published on the DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat (CSAS) Website.

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