The scales of just-fish: are letters of advice crappie ways to minnow-mize harm? The case of Cassiar Watch

The scales of just-fish: are letters of advice crappie ways to minnow-mize harm? The case of Cassiar Watch

4/9/2010

The federal Fisheries Act R.S.C. 1985, c. F-14 is one of Canada’s oldest and most important environmental laws.  Sections 35 and 36 of the Act are directed at the protection of fish and fish habitat from practices that might harmfully alter and destroy fish habitat, and practices that may pollute water respectively.  These two sections are arguably the most important environmental provisions relating to water quality and riparian land management.

Section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act provides a general prohibition on the “harmful alteration, disruption or destruction” of fish habitat, often referred to as “HADD.” This means that any activity by any person in Canada, in or around fish habitat that results in HADD is illegal. The only relief from this general prohibition is when an authorization is provided by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) under s. 35(2) of the Fisheries Act.

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