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

Restore habitat protection

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/10/2016 1478736828
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Fish need healthy habitat to survive. Important habitat protections were removed from the Fisheries Act through Bill C-38. These protections need to b .... Read More

Fish need healthy habitat to survive. Important habitat protections were removed from the Fisheries Act through Bill C-38. These protections need to be restored, and strengthened, to ensure that fish habitat is protected with legislation. A restored Fisheries Act should ensure that no person shall carry on any work, undertaking or activity that results in the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat.

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Restore the net gain policy

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/10/2016 1478736885
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Canada used to have "no net loss" of fish habitat policy, with an overall goal of a "net gain" of fish habitat through restoration of lost habitat. Ca .... Read More

Canada used to have "no net loss" of fish habitat policy, with an overall goal of a "net gain" of fish habitat through restoration of lost habitat. Canada needs to restore a "net gain" policy, through statute or regulations, that protects critical habitat that cannot be replicated, fully compensates for approved habitat impacts, and supports restoration of lost habitat.

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Restore protection for all fish

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/10/2016 1478736739
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All native fish and their habitat in Canada need protection, not just those that support commercial or recreational fisheries. The Fisheries Act is C .... Read More

All native fish and their habitat in Canada need protection, not just those that support commercial or recreational fisheries. The Fisheries Act is Canada's most important tool for protecting lakes, rivers and aquatic species across the country.

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Make NO NET LOSS An Explicit Legal Requirement for All Development

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/23/2016 1477238755
Reinstate the NO NET LOSS principle as the primary goal of fish and fish habitat conservation and protection. Exclude offsets between habitats, people .... Read More

Reinstate the NO NET LOSS principle as the primary goal of fish and fish habitat conservation and protection. Exclude offsets between habitats, people, and money; Only permit habitat for habitat offsets. Eliminate self-assessment options.

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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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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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Re-Evaluate Self-Assessment Option for Projects

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/02/2016 1478115343
DFO must review the project self-assessment option they provide to proponents.  While I respect DFO's effort to minimize administration and red tape .... Read More

DFO must review the project self-assessment option they provide to proponents.  While I respect DFO's effort to minimize administration and red tape around minor and routine projects, there is no requirement for a proponent to notify DFO of their work by using this option.  DFO simply has no idea what is going on across the country and how these projects may be impacting fish and fish habitat.

In my experience, many proponents (especially smaller ones) do not have a clear understanding of how the Fisheries Act applies to their project nor do they have a good understanding of the environment they are working in.  I suspect many proponents are stretching the limits of how they are applying the exemptions to their project.  Since DFO has no way of knowing where and when these projects are occurring, there is no way to determine if the projects are being done properly with minimal impact to fish and fish habitat.  At the very least, DFO must incorporate a notification process for each time the self-assessment option is used.

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Implement the DFO's Wild Salmon Policy.

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 10/25/2016 1477414544
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In 2005 the DFO published the Wild Salmon Policy which is available here. The current Amended Fisheries Act makes implementation of this policy imposs .... Read More

In 2005 the DFO published the Wild Salmon Policy which is available here.

The current Amended Fisheries Act makes implementation of this policy impossible. Yet the policy clearly recognises the importance of habitat and ecosystems (p.3). The Fisheries Act speaks only of fisheries and does not protect small coho bearing streams or small runs of chinook because they the may not support "fisheries" as such. However, the entire interconnected aquatic habitat is a part of the web of life. The entire iconic Pacific salmon resource is vital for the economy, culture and ecological integrity of the west coast.  Change the Amended Fisheries Act to serve as the foundation for the implementation of the Wild Salmon Policy.

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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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