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

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Offsetting and Habitat Banking

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5.0
Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480098286
While offsetting is meant as a last resort if an impact cannot be prevented or mitigated, in some cases, it is inevitable. Currently, offsetting is do .... Read More

While offsetting is meant as a last resort if an impact cannot be prevented or mitigated, in some cases, it is inevitable. Currently, offsetting is done on a project-by-project basis with an effort to complete the offset near the area of impact. DFO needs to explore more fully the concept of habitat banking. Major restoration works could be completed in areas that have been heavily impacted in the past if offsetting from multiple projects could be applied to fewer large projects.

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Marine reserves

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3.5
Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480040584
Canada in needs to study and establish strategically located marine reserves of sufficient, size, number and linkages that will begin the process of r .... Read More

Canada in needs to study and establish strategically located marine reserves of sufficient, size, number and linkages that will begin the process of restoring fish and their habitat, including what they eat.

Start somewhere and add on annually until the desired effect is achieved and then evaluate next steps.

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Sensitive Inventory Habitat Mapping

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/17/2016 1479358626
SHIM methods ( http://cmnmaps.ca/cmn/files/methods/SHIM_Methods.html ) should be required by DFO as part of a land use proposal assessment, to descr .... Read More

SHIM methods ( http://cmnmaps.ca/cmn/files/methods/SHIM_Methods.html ) should be required by DFO as part of a land use proposal assessment, to describe the existing "fish habitat". This method has been used in BC for 15 years by many local governments to inform their land use planning and decisions. Those local governments have found it a practical method to meet their business needs. SHIM should be applied to several kilometres of a water course or most of a water body shoreline to establish a baseline data set and to capture any cumulative effects in a watershed.

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Habitat Compensation/Offsetting/Banking (NoNetLoss) is Mostly a Myth

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/16/2016 1479275367
DFO needs to require several activities of developers to ensure compensation and habitat banking is successful. - Establish baseline data prior to .... Read More

DFO needs to require several activities of developers to ensure compensation and habitat banking is successful.

- Establish baseline data prior to compensation actions to facilitate site planning and long term assessments of success using prescribed methods.

- Accurately map and inventory newly constructed projects to facilitate future monitoring and research.

- Monitor and apply adaptive management to mitigate stressors in perpetuity, because compensation and habitat banks are always near human activity which carries the risk of future unforeseen impacts.

- Many completed compensation projects have failed because the above process was not used and DFO needs to systematically find and fix broken habitat compensation projects, to repay the habitat deficit to Canada that has accumulated since the No Net Loss principle was adopted in the 1980s

Compensation, Offsetting and Habitat Banking are ecosystem assets owed to Canadians in lieu of land development. It needs to be considered a permanent cost of doing business not just a one off expense by the developer. There are many financial instruments DFO can use to ensure habitat created is not lost due to neglect.

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