March 6-8, 2012
Chairpersons: Keith Clarke and Roger Wysocki
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Habitat Managers seek scientific guidance and advice regarding a standardized approach to assessing instream flow needs (IFN) for fish and fish habitat in Canada. This standardized framework for the assessment of instream flow needs must consider the diversity of aquatic (riverine) ecosystems in Canada.
DFO Habitat Policy and Habitat Management would like to move towards a more standardized approach to delivery of their program, from both the perspectives of (i) technical standards, and (ii) process standards (including methodologies and information requirements). In order to provide for more consistent review of instream flow requirements, a review of the science regarding instream flow needs is sought, along with technical guidance towards a more standardized assessment method for the protection and conservation of fish and fish habitat.
Research Document: The Canadian Rivers Institute of the University of New Brunswick has produced a research document which will serve as scientific input for this CSAS process.
Participation to CSAS peer review meetings is by invitation only.