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Bull Trout and Athabaska Rainbows to get help

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Folks, 
 
got the copied post below from another site.
 
 
Alberta's Provincial fish, the Bull Trout, and the only species of Rainbow trout native to Alberta, the Athabasca Rainbow, are both listed as 'Threatened' by the province. On March 23rd the federal Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans announced that, on the advice of the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada, it would propose the addition of these species for addition protection under the federal Species at Risk Act (SARA) depending on input from the public. Listing under SARA would add federal support for their recovery with a focus on habitat restoration. A number of angling and wildlife organizations are looking at sending letters of support, some with conditions attached, but numbers matter to politicians and emails from individual anglers are sometimes as or more effective.
There's a deadline for comment - April 22nd - and a requirement: "Interested persons may make representations concerning the proposed Order within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. All such representations must cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, and the date of publication of this notice, and be addressed to Julie Stewart, Director, Species at Risk Program, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6 (fax: 613‑990‑4810; email: SARA_LEP@dfo-mpo.gc.ca)"

The proposed Order can be found at:

http://gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2019/2.../reg1-eng.html

The proposed designation poses a number of questions:

1) will there be closed waters
2) in waters where these trout exist, will fishing and not retention be allowed
3) incidental catches may occur causing harassment or death
4) what effect will the listing have on other users like forestry, drilling, quads
5) what efforts will be undertaken to rectify past issues like hanging culverts and the like.
6) will Anglers be allowed to target these species. 

Lots of things to think about.
 

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You mean I won't be able to go out and nymph the dumbest char in the water weekend after weekend in the same hole as they move to spawn.....

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