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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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Increase in Environmental Assessments

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4.5
Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/17/2016 1479421431
The recent amendments to Bill-C38 have made Environmental Assessments of proposed projects that may affect fish or fish habit optional, based on the E .... Read More

The recent amendments to Bill-C38 have made Environmental Assessments of proposed projects that may affect fish or fish habit optional, based on the Environment Minister's discretion. In addition, the types of projects that will be selected for assessment has not been specified. We believe Environmental Assessments should be mandatory to ensure the best possible mitigation of environmental impacts, specifically to fish and fish habitat. Although a project may appear not to alter key fish ecosystems, proposals may not contain sufficient information to determine environmental impacts, specific to that location.  

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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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Improved use of automated monitoring.

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Theme:Monitoring Threats and Reporting-back to Canadians
on 10/22/2016 1477155025
Where feasible, government ought to modernize its fish counting tools in order to improve the efficiency of fish population surveys.  A variety of ex .... Read More

Where feasible, government ought to modernize its fish counting tools in order to improve the efficiency of fish population surveys.  A variety of excellent automated fish counters exist in the market.  Their use would improve the long term operational and cost efficiency of certain fish surveys.  Implementing these tools poses enormous challenges and opportunities to better understand the behavior and numbers of migratory species.

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