The Species at Risk Act (SARA) was proclaimed in June 2003. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Species at Risk Program is primarily aimed at securing the recovery of aquatic species at risk. The goals of the program are to:
Prevent species from becoming extirpated or extinct;
Provide for the recovery of species that have been extirpated, endangered or threatened as a result of human activity, and;
Manage species of special concern to prevent them from becoming endangered or threatened.
The DFO Newfoundland and Labrador Species at Risk Program is managed by the Ecosystems Management Branch and includes the participation of all DFO sectors.
Activities include provision of scientific information for COSEWIC assessments, consultations, recovery planning, and compliance monitoring. In carrying out these activities, the program also relies on the cooperation of other government agencies, Aboriginal communities, stakeholders, and the general public.