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Fisheries Protection Workshop for Environmental Professionals

Hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) and presented by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans


Date: March 16, 2016
Time: 09h00 – 12h00
Location: Holiday Inn, St. John’s, NL

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) understands that environmental consultants have an integral role in the implementation of the Fisheries Act both through their representation of their clients, and as a primary screening role of prospective projects for Fisheries Act compliance.

This workshop will provide an excellent opportunity for all parties to gain a better understanding of requirements and processes to ensure the protection of commercial, recreational and aboriginal fisheries and the fish and fish habitat which support them. See below for more information on Fisheries Act amendments.


The objective of this workshop is to bring environmental professionals together to:

  1. learn about the intent and breadth of the fisheries protection provisions of the Fisheries Act;
  2. provide an opportunity to discuss how the provisions apply in real-world scenarios;
  3. and have open discussion on best management practices and streamlining initiatives and reviews.


The workshop will include the presentation of scenarios which will help communicate how the Fisheries Act applies in practice. Scenarios will be submitted, by environmental consultants and other workshop attendees, in the weeks prior to the workshop so that presenters can offer a detailed and thorough explanation.


Though all are welcome, ideal participants of this workshop are environmental consultants who engage or plan to engage in Fisheries Act reviews on behalf of their clients.


08h45Registration (Coffee and a light breakfast provided)


09h05Overview of Fisheries Act amendments

09h35Questions and Answers


10h10Case Studies

11h10Open discussion: Best management practices – streamlining initiatives and reviews


Richard Van Ingen
Coordinator- Client Liaison & Partnerships, Fisheries Protection Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Jason Kelly
A/Team Leader – Client Liaison, Partnerships, Standards and Guidelines
Fisheries and Oceans Canada



NEIA Members – $50.00 + HST
Non-Members – $70.00 + HST


In 2013 amendments to the Fisheries Act came into effect focusing protection rules on real and significant threats to the fisheries and habitats that support them while setting clear standards and guidelines for routine projects.

The changes to the Fisheries Act:

  • Focus the Act’s regulatory regime on managing threats to the sustainability and ongoing productivity of Canada’s commercial, recreational and Aboriginal fisheries;
  • Provide enhanced compliance and protection tools;
  • Provide clarity, certainty and consistency of regulatory requirements through the use of standards and regulations; and
  • Enable enhanced partnerships to ensure agencies and organizations that are best placed to provide fisheries protection services to Canadians are enabled to do so.

Along with recent changes to the Act, DFO programs have changed.

  • DFO Habitat Management Program is now Fisheries Protection Program
  • One point of delivery in Newfoundland and Labrador Region in St. John’s
  • Standard advice for many routine/low risk works around water is now provided via a self-assessment website
  • Overall a greater role for proponents to assess and manage impacts
  • Standard advice for many routine works around water is now provided via “self-assessment” website
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