The recovery strategy for American Eel contains scientific advice to government on what is required to protect and recover the species and was finalized November 22, 2013 (link provided below under “Other Relevant Information”). The finalization of this recovery strategy triggered the requirement to develop a government response statement.
When the recovery strategy was finalized, a policy proposal notice was posted under Environmental Registry #012-0405 to solicit input about the goals and actions the Government of Ontario should consider in the development of a government response statement for American Eel. The comments received and the recommendations contained within the recovery strategy were considered in the development of the proposed government response statement. The preparation of this government response statement required additional time given the complexities associated with the species and the range of stakeholders involved.
The purpose of this new notice is to invite the public to review and comment on the proposed government response statement. The government response statement will provide the government’s goal for the recovery of the species and a summary of the prioritized actions the Government of Ontario intends to take and support in response to the recovery strategy. Comments received will be considered in finalizing the government response statement. Please reference Environmental Registry number 013-1476 in your comments.