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2024-2025 Expression of Interest: Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk

Prior to submitting a complete proposal to the HSP, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is not mandatory but will give you the opportunity to discuss your project and receive feedback to verify that it is aligned with national and regional priorities and program expected results.

The feedback you will receive will improve the quality of your proposal but does NOT guarantee that the project will receive funding.

Your completed EOI form must be submitted by November 10, 2023 (11:59 pm for your region), to the appropriate HSP Regional Coordinator. Early submissions are encouraged.

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.


Kristie Pearce
Telephone: 431-334-7210


Jackie Walker
Telephone: 506-377-8263


Lisa Paon
Telephone: 902-483-5495

Newfoundland and Labrador

Lynette Mulley
Telephone: 709-330-7993

Ontario and Prairie

Kristie Pearce
Telephone: 431-334-7210


Athen Yuen
Telephone: 778-955-8334


Susanne Mark
Telephone: 1-877-722-4282
Appendix 1: Regional priorities
Region Species Areas Threats
Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Wolffish Species (Northern, Spotted, Atlantic)
  • Leatherback and Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Large Whale Species (Blue Whale, Fin Whale, North Atlantic Right Whale)
  • Atlantic Salmon (South Newfoundland population)
  • Banded Killifish
  • Fisheries Interactions (i.e. bycatch, entanglements)
  • Vessel Interactions (i.e. ship strikes, acoustic disturbances)
  • Pollution and Pathogens
  • Habitat Alteration
  • Migration Barriers
  • Atlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy population)
  • Atlantic Whitefish
  • Leatherback and Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Whale Species (North Atlantic Right Whale, Blue Whale)
  • Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt
  • Habitat alteration and degradation, including climate change impacts
  • Invasive and introduced species
  • Fishery interactions (includes entanglement, bycatch and incidental catch)
  • Vessels and vehicles interactions
  • Acoustic disturbance
  • Atlantic Salmon
  • Brook Floater
  • Wolffish species
  • Leatherback Sea Turtle
  • Whale species (North Atlantic Right Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale)
  • Interactions with Vessels and Vehicles
  • Acoustic Disturbances
  • Fishery Interactions: Bycatch and Entanglement
  • Habitat Alteration and Degradation
  • Invasive and Introduced Species
  • St. Lawrence whales at risk (Beluga whale, Blue whale, North Atlantic right whale, Fin whale and Harbour porpoise)
  • All freshwater fishes of interest to the Quebec Recovery Team “l'équipe de rétablissement des cyprins et petits percidés du Québec” (Sand Darter, Northern Sunfish, Cutlip Minnow, Channel Darter, Bridle Shiner, Grass Pickerel, Northern Brook Lamprey and Silver Lamprey)
  • Copper Redhorse
  • Sharks and Skates (Atlantic White Shark, Atlantic Blue Shark, Atlantic Spiny Dogfish, Channel Darter, Atlantic Basking Shark, Thorny Skate, and Smooth Skate, Laurentian-Scotian population)
  • St. Lawrence diadromous species (Atlantic salmon and American eel)
  • Anthropogenic disturbance associated with commercial shipping, whale watching and touring, or recreational boating (e.g., approach, noise, collision, wake, spill)
  • Bycatch, entanglement in fishing gear, recreational and commercial fishing pressures on aquatic species at risk and the availability of their prey
  • Habitat destruction and degradation (e.g., destruction of seagrass beds, bank artificialization, wave action, soil compaction or erosion, alteration of shorelines and riparian buffers, water contamination)
  • Aquatic invasive species affecting aquatic species at risk and their habitat

Ontario and Prairie


  • Redside Dace
  • Pugnose Shiner
  • Pugnose Minnow
  • Black Redhorse
  • SARA-listed Freshwater Mussels
  • Lake St. Clair and contributing watersheds
  • Lake Erie and contributing watersheds
  • Lake Ontario and contributing watersheds
  • Lake Huron and contributing watersheds
  • Lakes and 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

Ontario and Prairie

(Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta)

  • Bigmouth Buffalo
  • Lake Sturgeon
  • Southern Prairie Species (Western Silvery Minnow, Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Plains Sucker)
  • Alberta Native Trout (Athabasca Rainbow, Westslope Cutthroat, Bull)
  • Mapleleaf
  • Peace/Slave River Basin
  • North and South Saskatchewan River basin
  • Southern Prairie Region (Milk River, St. Mary River, Qu'Appelle River)
  • Winnipeg/Red/Assiniboine River Basin
  • East Slopes Rocky Mountains
  • Habitat loss, destruction and degradation
  • Fish species with potential for introgression with native species
  • Disease and pathogens
  • Restrictions/barriers to movement
  • Loss of Indigenous Knowledge specifically related to aquatic species presence and utilization of important habitats (i.e., habitats used for feeding, spawning, nursery, overwintering, or as a migratory corridor)


(Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

  • Dolly Varden (Western Arctic)
  • Beluga (Cumberland Sound)
  • Bull Trout (Western Arctic)
  • Arctic Marine Fish
  • Arctic Marine Mammals
  • Foxe Basin/ Hudson Bay/Hudson Strait
  • Mackenzie River tributaries/Peel River System
  • Beaufort Sea/Amundsen Gulf
  • Queen Maud Gulf to Lancaster Sound
  • Baffin Bay/Davis Strait
  • Loss of Indigenous Knowledge specifically related to the utilization of important habitats (i.e., habitats used for feeding, spawning, nursery, overwintering, or as a migratory corridor)
  • Anthropogenic disturbance associated with shipping, small crafts, industry and other activities
  • Struck and loss of marine mammals
  • Impacts of disease, introduced and non-introduced species
  • Impacts of climate change, including habitat impacts
  • Cetaceans assessed as at risk by COSEWIC
  • White Sturgeon
  • Northern Abalone
  • Endemic freshwater species assessed as at risk by COSEWIC
  • Sharks assessed as at risk by COSEWIC
All aquatic habitat (marine and freshwater) within DFO Pacific Region
  • Fisheries interactions (including incidental/bycatch, entanglements, illegal harvest, prey availability)
  • Physical and acoustic disturbance (vessel based)
  • Habitat degradation and fragmentation (aquatic and riparian)
  • Water quality, including contaminants
  • Aquatic invasive species
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