Recovery Strategies

Recovery Strategy for the Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus), Saskatchewan-Nelson Rivers populations, in Canada

Part of the salmonid family of fishes, the Bull Trout derives its name from its large head and jaws. Body size at maturity depends on life history strategy. The Saskatchewan-Nelson Rivers populations of Bull Trout exhibit stream resident, migratory or fluvial (riverine), and adfluvial (riverine-lake migrant) forms. Bull Trout are olive-green to blue-grey in colour and pale round spots on their flanks and back distinguish them from most other similar-looking salmonids. Because of its very specific habitat requirements, particularly cold, clean, well oxygenated water and connected watersheds, this fish is highly sensitive to habitat changes. Bull Trout are, therefore, viewed as an indicator species of general ecosystem health.

Consultation period: 2020-06-01 to 2020-07-31


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Related Species

  • Bull Trout  (Saskatchewan - Nelson Rivers populations)


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