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Fish Habitat Restoration

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480101507
While the Fisheries Act has programs in place for habitat protection, changes should be made with the intention of addressing the restoration of fish .... Read More

While the Fisheries Act has programs in place for habitat protection, changes should be made with the intention of addressing the restoration of fish habitat in areas that have been damaged by human impact and development. 

Restoration is not intended to return a system to a pre-altered state or fixed condition but to help restore the structure, function, and ecological processes of a system. Restoration also includes extensive environmental monitoring. Environmental monitoring requires collection of data to measure the success of a project. Data collected from monitoring programs will also aid in filling gas in DFO and public data and can assist in mapping. 

Habitat restoration is at the foundation of many land management strategies and endangered species recovery initiatives and should be considered further in the Fisheries Act. 

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Does Canada’s New Fisheries Act Leave Some Arctic Fish or Habitats Behind?

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/24/2016 1480022479
Dear Colleagues, I would like to bring a Commentary, published in the Journal Arctic in March 2014, on the impacts of the 2012 changes to the Fisherie .... Read More

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to bring a Commentary, published in the Journal Arctic in March 2014, on the impacts of the 2012 changes to the Fisheries Act in remote regions such as the Canadian Arctic to your attention.

The article can be found here: 'Does Canada’s New Fisheries Act Leave Some Arctic Fish or Habitats Behind? (Citation: Gantner, N., 2014 Arctic 67(1)iii-v)

While this piece highlights concerns regarding one particular ecosystem and infrastructure project - which is now nearly completed, these may be echoed in any number of remote regions facing increased interest in natural resource development and environmental protection, particularly when fish and fish habitat are at stake.

Recommendations:

  1. Bring back the Fish Habitat provision(s).
  2. Return to protecting all fish species, not only 'CRA fisheries'
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Effectiveness Monitoring: an essential part of a fisheries protection regime

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 11/21/2016 1479737345
Evaluating the effectiveness of decisions taken under the Fisheries Act to protect and conserve fish and fish habitats is an essential part of a fishe .... Read More

Evaluating the effectiveness of decisions taken under the Fisheries Act to protect and conserve fish and fish habitats is an essential part of a fisheries protection regime. Science-based monitoring to assess effectiveness of decisions requires standard fish and fish habitat indicators, with clear data collection standards. The results of monitoring activities could be used to evaluate and improve mitigation and offset measures, and other habitat restoration activities.  Enshrining effectiveness monitoring in the Fisheries Act would provide a legislative foundation to build a national monitoring framework that would enable the Department to regularly report back to Canadians on how effective the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act are at achieving its intended goals and objectives.

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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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Improved Monitoring of PCBs and Heavy Metals

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 11/15/2016 1479230060
Our oceans can be a resource for generations if protected. In order to protect our oceans Canadian's need to know what state they are in and how it i .... Read More

Our oceans can be a resource for generations if protected. In order to protect our oceans Canadian's need to know what state they are in and how it is changing. Raw environmental data must be collected and posted for all to see in order to be open and transparent and benefit from crowd sourcing of analysis. All Niskin (CTD) bottle samplings and salmon blood sampling raw data should be publicly available, and the program expanded to include significant testing for plastics, dioxins, lead, cadmium, mercury, and the anthropogenic isotopes.

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Hydrologic Impact Zone

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 10/31/2016 1477945982
Hydrologic Impact Zones  This concept that should be incorporated into monitoring, land use planning and development strategies.  The Hydrologic .... Read More

Hydrologic Impact Zones 

This concept that should be incorporated into monitoring, land use planning and development strategies. 

The Hydrologic Impact Zone (HIZ) is the area of land and/or water where the natural hydrology is affected by human activity. A Hydrologic Impact Zone is defined by identified land uses, groundwater extraction, surface water diversion, contamination, development, agriculture, mining, etc.

A multi layer mapping program could show the extent and the degree of impact, as delineated and /or shaded areas.

By separating or combining the layers of HIZ’s, a clear picture will demonstrate the overall impact in any given area.

This information is used to assess the accumulative influences, of surface and ground-water interference for environmental and fisheries sustainability.

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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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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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