Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan

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.

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.

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    Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan Survey

    The goal of the Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan is to maintain the existing population. The plan proposes to accomplish this goal by:

    • Mitigating the risk of human-caused population loss due to an accidental event
    • Developing a plan for population recovery if severe population loss does occur

    This draft was developed using the input from directly affected stakeholders. We are now seeking input from all Albertans.

    Please review the draft recovery plan, and provide feedback on the risks identified to populations, and the strategies and actions proposed to reduce and respond to those risks. 

    Your input will be carefully considered

    The goal of the Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan is to maintain the existing population. The plan proposes to accomplish this goal by:

    • Mitigating the risk of human-caused population loss due to an accidental event
    • Developing a plan for population recovery if severe population loss does occur

    This draft was developed using the input from directly affected stakeholders. We are now seeking input from all Albertans.

    Please review the draft recovery plan, and provide feedback on the risks identified to populations, and the strategies and actions proposed to reduce and respond to those risks. 

    Your input will be carefully considered and used in making a final draft plan. A summary of the feedback received and how it was used in the final draft of the plan will be provided when it becomes available. The final draft recovery plan is presented to the Endangered Species Conservation Committee, and then is forwarded on to the Minister of Environment and Parks for approval. The Endangered Species Conservation Committee is composed of stakeholder representatives appointed by the Minister.

    The Pygmy Whitefish Recovery Plan survey will be available until 4:30 pm on Monday, July 2, 2018.

    Privacy Statement

    Information you provide to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act and is managed in accordance with Part 2 of the (FOIP) Act. Your opinions and comments will be used by the Endangered Species Conservation Committee and the Fish and Wildlife Policy Branch for the purpose of creating ‘Species at Risk’ (SAR) Recovery Plans for the Pygmy Whitefish.

    By participating in this survey you are giving Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) permission to use your opinions and comments for input into this directive. The results of the survey will be anonymized and summarized on the AEP website. Your personal information will not be used without your written consent or unless required to do so by law. Should you wish to have your personal information removed, corrected or have any other concerns, please contact: 
    • Cindy Kemper, Species at Risk Biologist
      Tel: 780 644-8014
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