On June 29, 2012, the Fisheries Act was amended. Policy and regulations are now being developed to support the new fisheries protection provisions of the Act (which are not yet in force). The existing guidance and policies continue to apply. For more information, see Changes to the Fisheries Act.
On April 2nd, 2013 the Habitat Management Program's name was changed to the Fisheries Protection Program.
Contact information for regional offices of the Fisheries Protection Program has been updated.
Further updates to the Fisheries Protection Program Working Near Water website will be made over the coming months.
The Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnerships Program promotes multi-partner initiatives and supports projects led by recreational fishing and angling groups, as well as conservation organizations, aimed at improving Canada’s recreational fisheries. These groups have established expertise and collaborative approaches in fisheries conservation and are well positioned to deliver habitat restoration projects that benefit recreational fisheries.
Program funding allows program recipients to take action to restore, rebuild and rehabilitate compromised and/or threatened fisheries habitat in areas that are important to the sustainability and productivity of Canada’s recreational fisheries. For example, the program can fund groups to deliver activities such as making in-stream and streamside habitat improvements, removing barriers to fish migration, stabilizing riverbanks/reducing erosion, re-vegetating shorelines and/or enhancing structures to allow the free passage of fish to natural habitats.
If you are going to build a dock, stabilize the shore, clean your waterfront or do any other project in or around water, there are three steps that you should consider following to avoid impacts to fish and fish habitat.