Oceans and Fisheries Regulations
Res #: 1-22M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Ministry of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
WHEREAS the Department of Oceans and Fisheries regulates the requirements of placement of infrastructure, such as bridges and culverts on fish bearing streams.
WHEREAS smaller streams and creeks appear to be labelled “fishing bearing” for the entire length of the waterway.
WHEREAS many streams and creeks have sections that only flow in spring or during high rainfall and are dry water beds where no fish could ever survive.
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Department of Oceans and Fisheries to allow sections of streams and creeks to not be subject to requirements of fish bearing streams.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a written and signed report from the local provincial Conservation Officer stating that there are no fish and no chance of fish surviving at that specific location be accepted as sufficient evidence so that municipality does not have to abide by the fish bearing rules for these sites, which add large costs and delays to projects.