Freshwater Conservation planning

WCS Canada Comments on DFO Cumulative Effects Position Statement (Fisheries Act)

WCS Canada


Abstract

We are pleased that the updated Fisheries Act (2019) has included renewed commitments to protect fish and fish habitat, strengthens the role of Indigenous knowledge informing habitat decisions, establishes a public registry, and includes recognition of principles of sustainability, the precautionary principle, ecosystem management, and consideration of cumulative effects. We share the concern with DFO that failing to adequately consider cumulative effects will lead to continued loss of fish habitat in Canada, and we are pleased that DFO is working to better address cumulative effects. However, we have an overarching concern that the draft Position Statement falls short of providing clear and actionable guidance for the implementation of considering cumulative effects under the new Fisheries Act.

Recommended citation

WCS Canada (2022). WCS Canada Comments on DFO Cumulative Effects Position Statement (Fisheries Act). WCS Canada. https://wcscanada.org/resources/wcs-canada-comments-on-dfo-cumulative-effects-position-statement-fisheries-act/

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