Marine Fish

Requirements include:

  • adequate water quality
  • intact physical habitat

Threats include:

  • bycatch
  • poaching
  • marine pollution
  • habitat degradation caused by bottom trawling

Strategies

Reduce water pollution from coastal and upland sources

  • Install the best available sewage treatment technology
  • Ensure that runoff from pavement adequately treated in new developments through the subdivision and development permitting processes.
  • Retrofit storm sewers with oil/grease separators, sediment traps, and/or treatment wetlands during other maintenance and upgrading projects.
  • Prevent direct dumping of toxic materials into storm or sanitary sewers through public education and a bylaw.
  • Ban insecticide and herbicide use for cosmetic purposes on lands within jurisdiction (municipalities only).
  • Eliminate insecticide and herbicide use on local government lands.
  • Keep high-risk industries away from habitats through zoning.
  • Enforce stringent anti-pollution regulations for boats and port facilities (port authorities).

Vancouver harbour (c) Mike Pearson

Prevent disturbance and poaching

  • Target lands adjacent to important habitats for acquisition by purchase or dedication via the rezoning, subdivision and development permit processes.
  • Restrict access on local government lands adjacent to key habitats.
  • Restrict public access to sensitive habitats by water (port authorities).
  • Include information on listed marine shellfish in public education materials and programs.

Protect Habitats from Disturbance

  • include information on the impacts of bottom trawling on inshore fish specie in public education materials and programming.

For more information on best management practices and stewardship options, consult: