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What modern safeguards should be instituted in order to ensure appropriate protections for fish and fish habitat?

Online national fish habitat mapping

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Theme:Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaborations
on 10/17/2016 1476722164
Many provinces, municipalities, conservation groups, universities, the federal government, industries, etc. have surveyed and mapped fish habitat in .... Read More

Many provinces, municipalities, conservation groups, universities, the federal government, industries, etc. have surveyed and mapped fish habitat in various parts of Canada. It would be an ambitious but worthwhile project to combine all of these sources of data (some of which are likely in print only) into a national, online, publicly assessable fish habitat map. Even if some data are a bit outdated, this online tool could be regularly updated and improved. 

With such a map, an individual or company could readily access existing information to help locate their proposed project where it would result in lower impacts to fish, right from the start. This could save time and money if plans don't need to be altered as much later to reduce impacts. Academics and students could possibly use this data to analyze fish habitat impacts and recommend best practices. Indigenous, conservation, and educational groups could help fill identified gaps in fish habitat information.

Moving forward, I'm wondering if data collectors could be trained through something similar to Environment Canada and Climate Change Canada's CABIN Program (link below).

http://www.ec.gc.ca/rcba-cabin/default.asp?lang=En&n=72AD8D96-1

Does anyone have thoughts on how we could address with data integrity/standardization of existing habitat mapping??

 

 

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Cumulative impacts framework

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/17/2016 1476724012
Current practice does not allow for enforcement or rejection of activity based on cumulative impacts decision making. Approvals for work being done i .... Read More

Current practice does not allow for enforcement or rejection of activity based on cumulative impacts decision making. Approvals for work being done in an area should take into considerations other things going on within the watershed, and at what point multiple permissions for development cause harm to the local fish populations.It is very difficult to define and implement thresholds when considering cumulative impacts. Further, it is difficult to say yes to one person and no to the next simply because this threshold has been reached. The technical and legal challenges of these aspects need expert input and consideration.

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National Fish Levels

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 10/18/2016 1476813916
With today's technology and within some reasonable +/- scale, is there not the opportunity to both set and track (roughly) the number of fish desired .... Read More

With today's technology and within some reasonable +/- scale, is there not the opportunity to both set and track (roughly) the number of fish desired in certain larger fish habitats/regions and the number of actual fish in those habitats/regions?

Simple statistics that are reasonably accurate and easy for the average person to understand would help to broaden the number of people with both understanding and interest around fish issues.

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Reinstate the charging sections of the Fisheries Act

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/18/2016 1476826216
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Reinstate section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act and include the original definition of Fish habitat and fish.  This includes fish used for recreational .... Read More

Reinstate section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act and include the original definition of Fish habitat and fish.  This includes fish used for recreational purposes and was not restricted to commercial fisheries.  Include the definition of a wetland under the Fisheries Act to protect wetlands in Canada.

Reinstate section 36 which prohibited the deposit of a deleterious substance as well as the powers of a Habitat Inspector and the Inspector's Direction. 

Reinstate all of the charges associated with a violation under 35(1) HADD and 36(3) deposit of a deleterious substance. 

Reinstate Fishery Officers across Canada to enforce the Fisheries Act for Fish Habitat Protection and  Aboriginal Fishery regulations.

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land based fish farms

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/19/2016 1476898282
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Move all fish farms from open oceans to land based farms
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General Permits/Class Authorizations with Notification Requirement

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/19/2016 1476911253
In order to manage potential cumulative effects, DFO should develop class authorizations or minor work regulations for projects that pose a low risk t .... Read More

In order to manage potential cumulative effects, DFO should develop class authorizations or minor work regulations for projects that pose a low risk to fish habitat individually but which contribute to habitat degradation through cumulative effects. These class authorizations would set out best practices for mitigation but otherwise would impose a minimal burden on proponents, which would be to notify DFO that their project or activity is being carried out. DFO would use this information to keep track of the totality of habitat-related activity in a given watershed, allowing it to assess and manage cumulative effects. 

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Bathymetric Database

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 10/20/2016 1476972706
Similar to some comments on a fish habitat inventory, I think we need to consider compiling water volumes or a database of bathymetric data that is av .... Read More

Similar to some comments on a fish habitat inventory, I think we need to consider compiling water volumes or a database of bathymetric data that is available which could be overlain with the fish habitat information. In the NWT for example, we have an abundance of bathymetry information on a project specific basis but it is not compiled anywhere. This could have climate change monitoring implications as well as we could target certain lakes or lake sizes in different areas of the country and track water level decreases and see what lake volumes we are losing over the years and what species may be effected the most. 

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Salmon Enhancement Program Changes

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/20/2016 1477002076
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Re: SEHAB Nov 4-6 2016: Input for Southern Vancouver Island Stewards People Bob Crandall Today at 3:14 PM   To Ian Bruce .... Read More
Re: SEHAB Nov 4-6 2016: Input for Southern Vancouver Island Stewards

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Hello Ian, My name is Bob Crandall, I am the President of Cowichan Lake Salmonid Enhancement Society and Hatchery (CLSES).  Our SEP License is SEP-AQ2537-2015.  I would like to take this opportunity to respond to your questions.  Drought and Water Issues:  The Provincial Water Act may or may not be serving the salmon.  The Province and DFO have a mandate to eliminate all earthen dams with Provincial or Federal Water licenses due to liability reasons.  They should consider repairs, upgrades and dam monitoring methods and procedures that are in place in other locations.  Western Colorado dam every possible watercourse high up in the mountains and monitor each dam through licenses.  Western Colorado becomes a desert as it reaches toward Utah.  These folks know a lot about water storage and surviving drought, desert like conditions for more than a hundred years.  We decommission our water storage devices and watch our fisheries suffer from drought conditions, we must be living in fear of litigation rather than improving our water storage capabilities.  CA Stability: CA s are necessary in order for the government to inter face with the boots on the ground. The government has asked us stewardship groups to take up the slack where they cannot provide.  Communication during our efforts must be maintained and this is done so through a Community Advisor. Increase SEP funding to cover losses due to cutbacks: I have watched our DFO licensed hatchery have PIP Grant cutbacks of 50% twice over the years since 2009.  Running a hatchery on such a tiny sum is ridiculous.  We continue to find funds from private contributions and barely make ends meet.  We will not give up on providing the Public Education, Public Awareness and Public Participation that our hatchery and Society provide with our community through schools and the streams.  Our commitment is real.  Where is the strength in our government's commitment? In cut backs?Thank you, Bob Crandall - C-TECH ASTTBC - QEP (CLSES)                   250-715-7074               

From: Ian Bruce To: Alex Marr ; Amanda ; Amanda Griesbach ; Andreas Berglund ; Angus Stewart ; Barrie Goodwin ; Bill Neile ; Bill Pedneault ; Bob Cox ; Bob Crandall ; Bruce Bevan ; Bruce Holms ; Cathy Hoskins ; Chris Bos ; Dan Claxton ; Darrell Wick ; Dave & Kathy Chilcott ; Dave Anderson ; Dave Stephen & Kathy MacCallum ; Denis Coupland ; Dennis Ramshaw ; Don Elliott (Cowichan Hatchery) ; Donna Wilford ; Dorothy Chambers ; Doug Rowe ; Earl Binning ; Elida Peers ; Esther Callo ; Florie Varga ; Frank Sutherland ; Garry Horwood ; Gary Caton ; Gary Roland ; Genevieve Singleton ; George Cooper ; Gerald Thom ; Glen Varney ; Gord Allen ; Graham Shorthill ; Helen Dunn ; Hoke Holcomb ; Ian Bruce ; Ian MacKenzie ; Jim Pearson ; Joe Planes ; John Mace (Goldstream) ; Judy Ackinclose ; Kai Rietzel ; Kathy O'Donnell ; Kathy Reimer ; Keith Erickson ; Kelly McKeowen ; Ken/Sylvia Gray ; Kirk Coombs ; Laurie McBride ; "[email protected]" ; Lin Callow ; Liz Johnson ; "[email protected]" ; Lynn Husted ; Mark Whitney ; Mary Earnshaw ; Mary Haig-Brown ; Mel Hull ; Micqualyn Waldie ; Natalie Bandringa ; Nikki Wright ; Norm Evans ; Ramona de Graaf ; Ray Vowles ; Robert Bridgeman ; Robert Gamache ; Sam George ; Sarah Stallard ; Scott Noble ; Sidney Anglers ; "[email protected]" ; Ted Brookman ; Tracey Bleackley ; Wally Vowels ; Yogi Carolsfeld Cc: Chantel Nessman Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 11:39 AM Subject: SEHAB Nov 4-6 2016: Input for Southern Vancouver Island Stewards Hello everyone ... please take a moment and send me an email or call me (250-888-2191) about issues and concerns about S.E.P. and DFO.  This can be observations, complaints or we also like to report back to DFO what is working or who is shining through.  For example, at the June 2016 meeting I brought forth and discussed in more detail these three issues I'd heard from SVI Stewards:          1.Drought/Water issues – not enough for aquatic life in most places – example: Cowichan              River;  Is the nrew Provincial Water Act serving salmon? DFO needs to do more to                mitigate drought impacts          2. CA Stability - the SEP - PIP program needss stability in CA assignments and staffing.                more support for CA's in terms of travel and other flexibility to do their jobs.          3.Increase SEP funding by $5 million immediately to cover losses due to inflation since 2009Please share your stories and concerns...ThanksIan-- Ian Douglas Bruce, B.Sc. (Mar.Bio), R.P.Bio, QEP Dip. Restoration of Natural SystemsExecutive Coordinator, Peninsula Streams Societywww.PeninsulaStreams.ca work: 250-363-6596cell: 250-888-2191

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Require research collaborations with proponents for authorizations

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/21/2016 1477023204
Each time an authorization for the destruction of habitat is made, or compensation measures are proposed, a natural experiment is begun. Too often the .... Read More

Each time an authorization for the destruction of habitat is made, or compensation measures are proposed, a natural experiment is begun. Too often the results of these experiments are buried in consultant reports and monitoring plans are cobbled together with no opportunity for peer review or feedback, and conducted in such a manner that no clear evaluation of the activities is possible. Rather, some means of involvement by either DFO research scientists (perhaps not given the conflict of interest with DFO as the regulator) or academics (e.g., funding from the proponent to support research activities) would provide opportunities to both evaluate the effectiveness of recovery and compensation measures, as well as better identify best practices for future development to help mitigate the effects of authorizations. 

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