The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) released a revised Fisheries Act last year for which the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program (FFHPP) continues to develop revised guidance documents to support this modernized Fisheries Act. It is in support of their release that the DFO are seeking a series of engagements on the new documents.
Over the coming months the DFO’s Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program will be seeking input from Indigenous Peoples, governments and regulators, the regulated community and conservation groups to modernize or develop new policies, frameworks, instruments and guidance to further implement the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the modernized Fisheries Act.
To manage the impacts to fish and fish habitat, the Fish and Fish Habitat Protection provisions of the Fisheries Act is a key federal statute for:
- regulating fisheries resources,
- conserving and protecting fish and fish habitat
- regulating economic development in and around Canadian waters by managing impacts to fish and fish habitat.
The Fish and Fish Habitat Provisions of the Fisheries Act is administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO’s) Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Program. For more information see (https://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/index-eng.html).
Topics for engagement include:
- Codes of Practice
- Habitat Offsetting and Banking Policies
- Prescribed Works and Waters Regulation
- Cumulative Effects
- Fisheries Act Registry
- Engagement Framework
This website will be a main source of information for the upcoming engagement activities. Here you will find:
- Supporting and background documents needed to participate, including:
- Discussion papers
- Fact Sheets
- Instructions for participation,
- Opportunities to provide your feedback and to collaborate with other participants
- Frequently asked questions about all discussion topics, and
- An opportunity to ask your own questions and receive answers.
- At the conclusion of the different engagement activities, Engagement Summaries of what we heard will be posted.
You can learn more about how the engagement platform operates here.