The Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) was designated as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) due to concerns regarding introduced species (hybridization and competition), habitat loss and degradation, and increasing exploitation. It is listed as Special Concern in Canada on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). In British Columbia, the Westslope Cutthroat Trout is ranked S3 (vulnerable) by the Conservation Data Centre and is on the provincial Blue list. The B.C. Conservation Framework ranks the Westslope Cutthroat Trout as a priority 2 under goals 1 and 2 (contribute to global efforts for species and ecosystem conservation; and prevent species and ecosystems from becoming at risk).
This document is intended to meet the needs of SARA, as well as the BC Freshwater Fisheries Program. The following are the vision, goal, and objectives of this management plan
Abundant and diverse populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout capable of persisting and providing sustainable societal benefits including quality fishing opportunities.
Overarching Management Goal
Long-term persistence of the species within its native range at abundance levels capable of providing sustainable benefits to society, within the context of broader ecosystem values.
The management objectives are to:
1. maintain the native distribution and genetic diversity of populations;
2. maintain wild populations at abundance levels that prevent at-risk status assessment so that the populations can provide sustainable societal benefits;
3. maintain, or rehabilitate, the capacity of natural habitat to meet abundance targets for populations; and
4. optimize sustainable recreational benefits.
Ministry of Environment - BC Freshwater Fisheries Program. 2013. Management Plan for the Westslope Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi) in British Columbia. Management Plan (Species at Risk)
Topic: Recovery Planning
Keywords: updated, august, 2014
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus clarkii lewisi
English Name: Cutthroat Trout, Lewisi Subspecies
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