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Fisheries Act updates to support habitat restoration and the rebuilding of fish stocks

Learn how the modernized Fisheries Act helps restore damaged habitat and rebuild depleted fish stocks.

Image of sockeye salmon in Adams River.

What’s changed in the Fisheries Act

The modernized Fisheries Act provides a greater ability to create regulations related to the rebuilding of fish stocks and restoration of fish habitat.

It requires the Minister to:

These changes also require that we create and publish habitat restoration plans on a public registry after designating an area as ecologically significant and needing habitat restoration.

These additions to the Fisheries Act will:

Why we need these changes

The modernized Act provides more tools for addressing habitat restoration and sustainable fisheries decision making. These new measures and plans will help maintain and rebuild fish stocks to ensure sustainable fisheries over the long term.

Restoration helps repair past harm to habitat and helps fish populations recover from factors such as:

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