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2023-2024 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 14, 2022 (11:59pm 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: 506-377-3263


Lisa Paon
Telephone: 902-483-5495

Newfoundland and Labrador

Lynette Mulley
Telephone: 709-330-7993

Ontario and Prairie

Kristie Pearce
Telephone: 431-334-7210


Jennalee Domke
Telephone: 604-389-8427


Susanne Mark
Telephone: 1-877-722-4828
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)
  • American Eel
  • 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
  • SARA-listed Sea Turtle Species
  • North Atlantic Right Whale
  • Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt
  • Habitat alteration and degradation
  • Invasive and introduced species
  • Fishery interactions (includes entanglement and bycatch)
  • Interactions with vessels and vehicles
  • 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, St. Lawrence Estuary population, Blue whale, Atlantic population, North Atlantic right whale, Atlantic fin whale and Northwest Atlantic 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, Quebec population, 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 and recreational and commercial fishing pressures
  • 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 & 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)
  • 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 and degradation
  • Impacts from introduced/non-introduced species
  • Disease and pathogens
  • Restrictions to fish passage
  • Barriers to movement


(Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

  • Dolly Varden (Western Arctic)
  • Beluga (Cumberland Sound)
  • Bowhead Whale (Eastern Arctic/West Greenland)
  • Walrus
  • 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
  • Impacts from introduced/non-introduced species
  • 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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