Critical Habitat Orders

Critical Habitat of Atlantic Whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani) Order

The Atlantic Whitefish (Coregonus huntsmani) is a Canadian endemic fish species known historically to occur in two watersheds in southwestern Nova Scotia. Once anadromous, the species has continued to decline in abundance and distribution, and presently occurs as a single lake-resident population distributed amongst three small, interconnected, semi-natural lakes in the Petite Rivière watershed. In this last remaining refuge, its status continues to decline due to the presence of two highly piscivorous aquatic invasive species (smallmouth bass and chain pickerel). The Atlantic Whitefish was the first fish species in Canada and Nova Scotia’s first endemic fish to be classified as endangered by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) in 1984. This status was re-examined and reconfirmed by COSEWIC in both 2000 and 2010. In June 2003, upon the coming into force of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), the Atlantic Whitefish was listed as endangered in Part 2 of Schedule 1 to SARA.


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SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6
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