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2022-2023 Expression of Interest: Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk


The 2022-2023 Call for proposals is now closed.

This is the organization or identity that would sign a Contribution Agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Appendix 2

Overview of your Project: Provide a brief overview of the project (max. 1 page). The content should clearly address each of the following items:

Type of Project: Identify the type of project (e.g., restoration, outreach, etc.)

Project Timing: What is the timeline for the project to be implemented (single-year, multi-year)?

Project Purpose: What are the project’s goal(s) and objective(s)? 

Project Location: Identify the province, region, and main geographic area where the work would take place (watersheds, rivers, etc.). Include whether it is in a regional priority area (where applicable). If more than one location, please specify all areas.

Target Species: Name the target aquatic species at risk that would benefit from the initiative and their SARA-listed status or COSEWIC assessed designation; can include multiple species.

Threats: What threat(s) faced by the species will the project specifically address? Where have these threats been identified (SAR Recovery Document, Recovery Potential Assessment, and/or COSEWIC Assessment)?

Activities: List the activities proposed to be funded by HSP for Aquatic Species at Risk that address the recovery need/threat of the species.

Budget Estimates: General estimates, including HSP ask.


Patricia Klotz


Josette Maillet
Telephone: 506-851-2237


Lisa Paon
Telephone: 902-483-5495

Newfoundland and Labrador

Lynette Mulley
Telephone: 709-330-7993

Ontario and Prairie

Patricia Klotz


Jennalee Domke
Telephone: 604-389-8427


Jocelyne Ouellet
Telephone: 418-775-0582
Appendix 1: Regional priorities
Region Species Areas Threats
Newfoundland and Labrador Wolffish Species (Northern, Spotted, Atlantic)
SARA-Listed Sea Turtle Species
Large Whale Species (Blue Whale, Fin Whale, North Atlantic Right Whale)
Atlantic Salmon (South Newfoundland population)
American Eel
N/A Fisheries Interactions (i.e. bycatch, entanglements)
Vessel Interactions (i.e. ship strikes, acoustic disturbances)
Pollution and Pathogens
Habitat Alteration
Migration Barriers
Maritimes Atlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy population)
Atlantic Whitefish
SARA-listed Sea Turtle Species
North Atlantic Right Whale
Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt
N/A Habitat alteration and degradation
Invasive and introduced species
Fishery interactions (includes entanglement and bycatch)
Interactions with vessels and vehicles
Acoustic disturbance
Gulf Atlantic Salmon
Brook Floater
Wolffish species
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Whale species (North Atlantic Right Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale)
N/A Interactions with Vessels and Vehicles
Acoustic Disturbances
Fishery Interactions: Bycatch and Entanglement
Habitat Alteration and Degradation
Invasive and Introduced Species
Quebec Whales endangered in the St. Lawrence (Beluga Whale - St. Lawrence Estuary population, Blue Whale - Atlantic population, and North Atlantic Right Whale)
Eastern Sand Darter (Quebec populations)
Copper Redhorse
Lake Sturgeon (Great Lakes – Upper St. Lawrence populations, and Southern Hudson Bay – James Bay populations)
St. Lawrence hydrographic system (River, Estuary and Gulf, including all tributaries)
Human disturbance associated with commercial shipping, excursion and whale-watching or recreational boating (e.g. approach distance, noise or collision)
Bycatch and fishing pressure (recreational or commercial)
Habitat loss and degradation (e.g. grass-bed destruction s, shoreline artificialization or wave action)
Deterioration of water quality (e.g. sources of sediment, pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, or contaminants)
Aquatic invasive species affecting species at risk
Ontario and Prairie
Redside Dace
Pugnose Shiner
Pugnose Minnow
Black Redhorse
SARA-listed Freshwater Mussels
Lake St. Clair & contributing watersheds
Lake Erie & contributing watersheds
Lake Ontario & contributing watersheds
Lake Huron & contributing watersheds
Lakes & contributing watersheds of Upper (western) St. Lawrence River
Sediment/nutrient, contaminant loading
Habitat destruction/ alteration
Altered flows, water levels, or coastal process
Barriers to fish passage
Recreational impacts on aquatic SAR
Ontario and Prairie(Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta) Bigmouth Buffalo
Lake Sturgeon
Southern Prairie Species (Western Silvery Minnow, Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Plains Sucker, Plains Minnow)
Native Trout (Athabasca Rainbow, Westslope Cutthroat, Bull)
Peace/Slave and Athabasca River Basins
North and South Saskatchewan River basin
Southern Prairie Region (Milk River, St. Mary’s River, Qu’Appelle River)
Winnipeg/Red/Assiniboine River Basin
East Slopes Rocky Mountains
Habitat loss and degradation
Impacts from introduced/non-introduced species
Disease and pathogens
Restrictions/barriers to fish passage
Recreational impacts on aquatic SAR
Arctic (Northwest Territories and Nunavut) Dolly Varden (Western Arctic)
Beluga (Cumberland Sound)
Bowhead Whale (Eastern Arctic/West Greenland)
Beluga (Hudson Bay)
Foxe Basin
Hudson Bay/Hudson Strait
Mackenzie River tributaries/Peel River System
Cumberland Sound
All Nunavut waters
Unsustainable harvest
Unknown effects of predators
Lack of information on isolated Dolly Varden populations
Struck and loss of marine mammals
Effects of anthropogenic noise on movements
Pacific Killer Whales (all populations)
White Sturgeon
Fraser River Salmonids (populations assessed as at risk by COSEWIC)
Northern Abalone
Nooksack Dace
Fraser River watershed
Columbia River watershed
Salish Sea
North Coast
Morrison Creek Watershed
Fisheries interactions (including incidental/bycatch, catch and release fishery impacts, entanglements, illegal harvest, prey availability or unsustainable directed harvest)
Physical and acoustic disturbance
Habitat degradation and fragmentation (aquatic and riparian)
Cumulative effects (including anthropogenic contributions to climate change)
Aquatic invasive and problematic native species
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