Westslope cutthroat trout are facing a crisis in Alberta. This threatened species survived for over 10,000 years in our cold, clear waters surrounded by intact forests and grasslands. But in the last 100 years these native fish populations have drastically declined due to habitat degradation, overharvesting, and the introduction of non-native species.
Recently, increases in industrial use, resource roads and off-highway vehicle access into native trout habitat have led to more stream bank erosion and dirtier water, leading to further population declines. Westslope cutthroat trout are also especially vulnerable to climate change so we need to plan for the future.
We have a chance to ensure these beautiful native fish thrive, rather than decline further into extinction. But we need a strong recovery plan for this to happen.
By July 13th; let the government know that you care about native trout recovery by providing input into the draft federal Recovery Strategy and Action Plan for the Alberta populations of Westslope Cutthroat Trout.
Send an email to SARA/LEP.XNCR@dfo-mpo.gc.ca or use our letter template below.
Your letter will be sent to: the SARA Directorate, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
cc: Federal Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, and Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks