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American Eel: Consultation check-in on listing under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) – Joint

American Eel

Like Pacific Salmon in the west, American Eel are critically important to Indigenous Peoples in eastern Canada – culturally, spiritually, and for food security. Unlike Pacific Salmon, however, little has been done to address their decline. Despite being assessed as Threatened by COSEWIC in 2012 — more than a decade ago — the species is not yet listed and consequently there is no recovery strategy in place directed at stemming further population decline or contributing to the recovery of this species. The need to implement recovery is urgent given the recent and rapid decline of American Eel in Canada and globally, including a 99% decline in the Upper St. Lawrence population. The decision on whether to add the American Eel to Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act has been delayed for far too long. This delay has hindered conservation efforts and the creation of meaningful partnerships to advance the recovery of American Eel.

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