In 2019 the Federal Government announced that the Fisheries Act has undergone significant changes that have been approved and given royal ascent. These changes enhance protection for all Fish and Fish Habitat and could have an impact on the DFO permitting process you may be working through on Municipal projects. These changes came into force on August 28, 2019 and apply to all waterbodies and watercourses that fish frequent at any time of any given year.
In short, the main changes include:
- protecting all fish and fish habitats (previously only fish considered to be part of a Commercial, Recreational and/or Aboriginal (CRA) fishery were protected)
- restoring the previous prohibition against “harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat” (HADD)
- restoring a prohibition against causing ”the death of fish by means other than fishing”
If you have questions or concerns regarding how these changes to the Fisheries Act may affect your projects, or want to know more about the DFO Permitting process, please join us for a workshop presented to OPWA by the Burnside Aquatics Group (Chris Pfohl, Camden Jermey and Matt Moote).
More information regarding the changes to The Fisheries Act can be found at:http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pnw-ppe/guidance-eng.html
Christopher Pfohl, C.E.T., EP, CAN-CISEC (Senior Aquatic Ecologist)
Mr. Pfohl has completed a broad range of projects in Canada and Internationally, with over 20 years of professional experience in Environmental Assessment, habitat restoration, natural channel design, mitigation development, environmental monitoring and protection, fisheries and fish habitat assessment, Species at Risk, hydrology and hydrogeology. Christopher has extensive knowledge of the Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, and Species at Risk Act, as it pertains to the protection of aquatic and terrestrial Species at Risk (SAR) and critical habitat. He routinely coordinates with proponents, permitting agencies and contractors to ensure all mitigation, permit conditions and final design details have been achieved through various transportation Contracts. Mr. Pfohl is the Aquatics Group Team Lead responsible for project management, report review, permitting for various government agencies (DFO, MECP, MNRF, and Conservation Authorities), impact assessment, environmental and construction monitoring, developing and conducting aquatic life salvage, aquatic assessment, and the preparation of technical reports based on project requirements.
Christopher is currently involved in numerous Transportation Projects which requires an excellent understanding of the aquatic and terrestrial environment including aquatic Species at Risk habitat. He has supported a number of detailed design transportation projects that include culvert and bridge replacement and ensuring that Fisheries Act permit conditions and mitigation are achieved during construction.
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