Input Sought on Fisheries Act Regulations

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is seeking input on proposed modifications to the Fisheries Act Regulations, which will affect fish and fish habitat protections. Comments are requested by May 3, 2019.

In 2015, The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard was mandated to review the changes made in 2012 to the Fisheries Act, to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards. On February 6, 2018 the government introduced Bill C-68, An Act to Amend the Fisheries Act and other Acts in Consequence. This Bill passed third reading by the House of Commons and was referred to the Standing Senate Committee on Fisheries and Oceans on December 11, 2018.

While Bill C-68 is undergoing review by Parliament, DFO is engaging in discussions with Canadians on proposed modifications to the Fisheries Act Regulations in anticipation of the coming into force of the fish and fish habitat protection provisions of an amended Fisheries Act, should the Bill receive Royal Assent.

A discussion paper has been posted for comment for a period of 30 days. The purpose of this discussion paper is to inform partners and stakeholders of proposed changes to the Fisheries Act Regulations and to provide an opportunity to comment on the proposal.

The deadline for providing feedback is May 3, 2019.

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