Audit Finds Fisheries and Oceans Canada Very Slow to Act When it Comes to Endangered Species

Environment commissioner Jerry DeMarco reported that an audit of Canada’s efforts to protect aquatic species at risk found Fisheries and Oceans Canada very slow to act on the recommendations made to it by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). DeMarco notes that that reviews of half of the 230 aquatic species recommended by the Committee to be designated “at risk” have not been completed since SARA came into effect in 2004. He highlights that twelve years have passed since the Committee recommended (for the second time) that Newfoundland cod be placed on the endangered species list and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have yet to finish their review.