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Progress Against the Department's Regulatory Plan

Progress Against the Department's Regulatory Plan

Regulations Expected Results Results Achieved
Fisheries Act
  • Development of proposals to revise the legislation in support of policy reviews in the areas of fisheries and habitat management
  • Development of a legislative package to be tabled at a time determined by the Government
  • Bill C-45 tabled December 13, 2006
  • Extensive stakeholder engagement and technical briefings ongoing
  • Options developed on how best to proceed with legislation when the new Parliament is in place.
Contraventions Regulations
  • Add schedules of offences and fines to reflect various fishery regulations under the Contraventions Act
  • Decriminalize process for lesser fishery regulation violations, and reduce and simplify compliance procedures
  • Discussions with Justice Canada pending amendments to the Ontario Fishery Regulations, 1989
Species at Risk Regulations
  • Development of regulations and management of aquatic species listing under the Species at Risk Act
  • Identification, protection and sustainability of threatened and endangered aquatic species
  • 30 aquatic species considered for listing (April '06 and August '06)
    • 12 aquatic species listed
    • 12 not listed
    • 6 aquatic species were returned to COSEWIC for further consideration
Amendments to Provincial and Territorial Fishery Regulations
  • Improved fisheries management and enforcement in co-operation with provincial and territorial governments
  • SOR/2006-119 (Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987)
  • SOR/2006-132 (Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985)
  • SOR/2007-20 (Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985)
  • SOR/2007-77 (Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulation, 2007)
Nunavut Fishery Regulations
  • Development of Nunavut Fishery Regulations for the Nunavut Territory
  • Regulate fishing in the Nunavut territory in co operation with the territorial government and in accordance with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
  • Regulatory Development ongoing
  • Drafting of the new regulation started
Marine Protected Areas
  • Establishment of selected Marine Protected Areas in Canada
  • Conservation and protection of ecosystems in distinctive areas of Canada's marine environment
  • SOR/2006-354 - Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area Regulations
  • Ongoing identification of Areas of interest (AOI) for new MPAs
Fishing and Recreational Harbours Regulations
  • Regulatory amendments to update the list of harbours under the administration of the Department
  • Reflect the ongoing divestiture of Small Craft Harbours
  • Regulatory documents completed (Regulation, RIAS, Communications Plan, etc); will enter the formal regulatory process in the near future for Governor in Council approval
Marine Mammal Regulations
  • Regulatory amendments to regulate marine mammal watching activities
  • Better protection of marine mammals and human safety by regulation of whale watching and other marine mammal watching activities
  • Development of new provisions to the Marine Mammal Regulations continues and ongoing consultations with OGDs
Coastal Fisheries Protection Regulations
  • Incorporating NAFO measures into the Coastal Fisheries Protection Regulations
  • Better management for NAFO fisheries
  • Drafting of regulatory amendments and Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement (RIAS) being finalized
Seismic Sound Mitigation Regulations
  • Establish a framework governing seismic activity in the marine environment
  • Regulatory standards governing seismic activity in the marine environment in co-operation with provincial and territorial governments, interest groups and industry
  • First Nations consultations will be initiated by federal and provincial authorities involved
Fishery (General) Regulations
  • Provide Variation Order authority to the Province of Nova Scotia
  • Province will be able to issue variation orders in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding with the Province of Nova Scotia
  • SOR/2006-210 (Fishery General Regulations and Management of Contaminated Fishery Regulations)