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Proceedings 2015/022

Proceedings of the National Peer Review Meeting of the Monitoring Design and Metrics to Assess the Effectiveness of Habitat Compensation Activities; December 6‑8, 2011

Chairpersons: Karen Smokorowski and Roger Wysocki
Editor: Christine Abraham


The Habitat Management (HM) program, has requested advice on developing cost-effective and science-based data collection standards for monitoring programs required as part of habitat compensation plans in order to determine the effectiveness of habitat compensation projects. The HM Program is also seeking advice on appropriate habitat indicators to determine ecosystem health in systems with significant human activity. These indicators will contribute toward future reporting on the state/condition of fish habitat in Canada.

The program seeks to know what type of habitat compensations projects have been effective at achieving their objectives and what has been learned on efficient and scientifically-defensible methods to monitor effectiveness of habitat compensation projects. To effectively manage and report on fish habitat at the ecosystem scale, a comprehensive suite of indicators is required. Reporting on ecosystem status requires a consolidation of the interactions among both biotic and abiotic components, and their functional processes. Fish habitat includes all the environmental (i.e. biological/physical/chemical) conditions within which an organism, population, or community exists.

The meeting was held December 6-8, 2011, in Ottawa ON. Participants included staff from various sectors as well as external experts. A Science Advisory Report (DFO. 2012. Assessing the Effectiveness of Fish Habitat Compensation Activities in Canada: Monitoring Design and Metrics. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Sci. Advis. Rep. 2012/060) was prepared following the meeting.

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