Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan

Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan Online Survey

The public was invited to provide input into the draft Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan between May 31, 2018 and July 2, 2018. The survey was visited by 91 people and completed by 15 people.

Thank you to all who took the time to contribute to the plan. The questions, your ideas and our responses are summarized in the "What We Heard" document in the Document Library to the right.

Background

In Alberta, pygmy whitefish are found in only two locations:

  • Deep in Waterton Lake
  • In a 46 kilometre stretch of the Athabasca River across the Jasper-Alberta boundary

Because their distribution is small and disconnected, pygmy whitefish were classified as “Threatened” in 2014. Their extremely limited distribution also suggests that they have limited ability to expand their range and, perhaps, adapt to threats such as spills of harmful substances or habitat degradation or loss.

The section of pygmy whitefish habitat that runs in the Athabasca River, along the Yellowhead transportation corridor, is vulnerable to accidental spills of harmful substances, potentially resulting in the loss of the population.

The goals of the Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan are to maintain existing populations and to reduce the risk of population loss caused by threats such as accidental spills.

Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan Online Survey

The public was invited to provide input into the draft Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan between May 31, 2018 and July 2, 2018. The survey was visited by 91 people and completed by 15 people.

Thank you to all who took the time to contribute to the plan. The questions, your ideas and our responses are summarized in the "What We Heard" document in the Document Library to the right.

Background

In Alberta, pygmy whitefish are found in only two locations:

  • Deep in Waterton Lake
  • In a 46 kilometre stretch of the Athabasca River across the Jasper-Alberta boundary

Because their distribution is small and disconnected, pygmy whitefish were classified as “Threatened” in 2014. Their extremely limited distribution also suggests that they have limited ability to expand their range and, perhaps, adapt to threats such as spills of harmful substances or habitat degradation or loss.

The section of pygmy whitefish habitat that runs in the Athabasca River, along the Yellowhead transportation corridor, is vulnerable to accidental spills of harmful substances, potentially resulting in the loss of the population.

The goals of the Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan are to maintain existing populations and to reduce the risk of population loss caused by threats such as accidental spills.