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Public Fisheries Database

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Theme:Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaborations
on 11/25/2016 1480091791
I propose that we work on establishing a federal database and an interactive mapping framework (IMF) similar to that currently used in Alberta. Work b .... Read More

I propose that we work on establishing a federal database and an interactive mapping framework (IMF) similar to that currently used in Alberta. Work being done on a Provincial level is regularly uploaded through a load form to the database and points are then populated on a map after the data is entered. This data is then searchable through an IMF system to help establish a baseline of the species richness and presence in an area. The responsibility of uploading information falls to those collecting the data through fish research licenses, public fishing, angling groups, etc. The federal governing body would really only be tasked with website maintenance. This would allow government, consultants, public, special interest group, etc to have reliable information at their finger tips. 

There is constantly work being done by consultants, government, industry etc. Why not give them a spot to upload e-fishing, netting, and angling data? It would allow us to better understand the distribution of fish in our country and give us a invaluable database to draw from.

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Extensive damage of our environment is a crime is ecocide

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/25/2016 1480043419
The UN SDGs are motivated as a result in part of the UN GEO reports of extensive unsustainable damage being duty to our environment. As a result of th .... Read More

The UN SDGs are motivated as a result in part of the UN GEO reports of extensive unsustainable damage being duty to our environment. As a result of this awareness I informed PM Stephen Harper and PM Justin Trudeau , the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Min of the Environment, the Min of Justice , the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense of the proposal to have extensive damage of our environment recognized as criminal acts of ecocide in the Rome Statute from which the International Criminal Court (ICC) get it authority. When does the extensive damage to the web which in this case fish and fish habitat are a component cross the line and threaten the extinction of a species , the mental , physical ecological, economic and food security of Canadians , of  humanity?  When as a result must such damage be recognized as violations of humanities rights to peace and security ?  The government of Canada must recognize that it has the superior duty to protect citizens and the environment what sustains them.  In sept 2016 the ICC announced it intends to prosecute environmental crimes @chrisarsenaul Thomson Reuters Foundation  http://tinyurl.com/jkp6cru In closing is the nation Canada that committed cultural genocide of first nations people now committing ecocide the extensive unsustainable damage to our planets atmsopere, oceans and ecosystems, the web of life, commonly called climate change. Will those with a duty to protect Canadians do the right thing.Having informed the government of Canada repeatedly unfortunately they have not yet fulfilled their duty. 

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Essential Fish Habitat Must Be Protected

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/24/2016 1480027509
Consideration needs to be given to areas with multiple species at risk, biodiversity “hotspots”, or recovery habitats for species at risk. .... Read More

Consideration needs to be given to areas with multiple species at risk, biodiversity “hotspots”, or recovery habitats for species at risk. Some habitats cannot be recreated through offsetting, and risk cannot be effectively mitigated. This would essentially create “no go zones” where habitat cannot be damaged or destroyed. The current Act allows for the designation of “ecologically sensitive areas” which would include regulatory restrictions on development but this has not yet been enacted or tested. Climate modeling should also be included in this approach. If we protect only the current habitat and not potential recovery habitat -we could still lose species needlessly.

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Comprehensive GIS for better assessment and decision-making

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/24/2016 1480008014
Creating a GIS database that includes a variety of data like sensitive fish habitat, approved projects, compensation and restoration projects, to name .... Read More

Creating a GIS database that includes a variety of data like sensitive fish habitat, approved projects, compensation and restoration projects, to name a few, would greatly assist biologists with better assessing projects not just locally but at a broader scale for cumulative effects. There would be an initial investment gathering existing information, creating these datasets and collaborating with other organizations to collect data, but the benefits could be great for a variety of applications whether for project assessment, increased transparency in decision-making, or assisting in developing indicators and thresholds for aquatic habitat and watershed health.

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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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Watercourse mapping

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Theme:Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaborations
on 10/29/2016 1477771685
Tags: Mapping 
While many urban watercourses are already mapped, many watercourses in rural areas still require mapping and classification. This is costly, especia .... Read More

While many urban watercourses are already mapped, many watercourses in rural areas still require mapping and classification. This is costly, especially for smaller local governments. This lack of data results in habitat destruction and permits being issued incorrectly. DFO should partner with local governments and/or NGOs to undertake mapping and classification of all watercourses.

With regard to classification, DFO needs to provide additional guidance on the methodology of classifying streams to ensure better consistency among qualified environmental professionals and government staff.

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