The Canadian government created a recovery strategy for the Gulf of St. Lawrence aster in 2012. (File photo)
Across Canada, the Gulf of St. Lawrence aster currently has 12 subpopulations, including four in the Magdalen Islands, three in Prince Edward Island and five in New Brunswick.
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Certain subpopulations of Gulf of Saint-Aster Laurent may have disappeared in the Magdalen Islands between 2000 and 2008, according to COSEWIC.
Thirteen other subpopulations have not been observed for at least 15 years and are probably extinct, including five in the Magdalen Islands, according to COSEWIC .
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COSEWIC has designated the Gulf of St. Lawrence aster listed as Special Concern in 1989, then upgraded to Threatened in 2004 and Endangered in 2023.
Before officially reclassifying the Gulf of St. Lawrence aster as an endangered species under the Species at Risk Act, Environment and Climate Change Canada is conducting a consultation period until May 16.
Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change will then make a recommendation, but it is up to the Governor in Council to decide whether to accept or not this change in COSEWIC status.
Extinct in 2000, the Gulf of St. Lawrence aster is reborn in Kouchibouguac National Park