In November SWOA posted information related to the revised Fisheries Act on our website. Much of that information was taken from the DFO website and gave an overview of the changes to the Act. What we are now going to post, perhaps quarterly, is some additional information on some of the specifics of the Act that could affect waterfront owners if they are planning waterfront projects.
The following information is taken directly from the DFO website:
Codes of Practice
In order to “Comply with the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of the Fisheries Act” in planning your project you will want to “incorporate measures to avoid:
♦ causing the death of fish
♦ harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat in your work, undertaking or activity
If you can’t completely implement the measures to protect fish and fish habitat, (you can ) check to see if a standard or code of practice applies to your project.
A code of practice specifies procedures, practices or standards for avoiding the death of fish or the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat. This is in relation to works, undertakings or activities during various phases of their life cycle, such as construction, operation, maintenance or decommissioning.
You may need to request a project review if these standards and code of practices don’t apply or aren’t applicable to your work, undertaking or activity. “
Currently, a series of Codes of Practice are being drafted. In the meantime, some interim codes of practice are being used. One such code of practice deals with end -of-pipe fish screens. This could be important if in developing a new property plans included extracting water from Shuswap Lake for domestic purposes
“This interim code of practice provides guidance on the design, installation and maintenance of small end-of-pipe water intake fish screens to prevent entrainment and impingement of fish.
♦ entrainment occurs when a fish is drawn into a water intake and cannot escape
♦ impingement occurs when a fish is held in contact with the intake screen and is unable to free itself
The end-of-pipe fish screen code of practice also provides:
♦ best practices for cleaning low volume water intakes that have the potential to impact fish
♦ guidance for using small-scale water intakes where the water intake flow rate is up to 0.150 cubic metres per second or 150 litres per second, including:
♦ municipal and private water supplies
♦ mining exploration
♦information on the measures to follow to ensure maximum protection of fish
♦ fixed screen sizing and design specifications are exclusively for fish that have a minimum fork length of 25 mm.
More detail on the design of screens is available at: