• Current and Prospective Amendments to the Fisheries Act RSC 1985, c F-14
  • February 8, 2013 | Author: Scott R. Harcus
  • Law Firm: Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP - Vancouver Office
  • The Fisheries Act (Canada) is undergoing changes that will have an impact on the regulation of Canada’s fish habitats and waterways. An initial set of amendments came into force on July 18, 2012. A second set of amendments will come into force at a yet to be set date. The initial amendments are noteworthy, but it is the second set of amendments that are poised to significantly change the focus of the Act. While the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans has described the amendments as establishing priorities and “focusing protection on real and significant threats” to fisheries and habitat, environmental groups have argued that the amendments will result in a significant reduction in the federal protection of fish habitat.