The Canadian Wildlife Federation
Undertaking fish passage improvements on our nation’s waterw
Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:32am

The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) is advancing a program to improve fisheries resources by undertaking fish passage improvements on our nation’s waterways. Too many studies have documented fish barrier access restrictions to excellent spawning and rearing habitat for fish. CWF is interested in working with federal, provincial, municipal, and Indigenous governments, as well as industry and stewardship groups to advance and implement viable fish passage improvement projects. Our interest is in helping groups secure funding for local projects and support their implementation by providing value added in-kind project administration and securing funds, as well as mapping and prioritizing barriers for remediation.

The program has recently started with my arrival here from BC. More overview info may be seen at our website: . A more informative release is planned in the spring. CWF recognizes that indeed there are many opportunities that are needed to be implemented but there is a lack of support to advance. Many stewardship groups may feel overwhelmed with the application submission requirements and CWF would assist. My position is to look for projects that are valued and provide the logistical support with the intent that suitable projects would become developed for funding in the 2019 funding cycle.

My experience in fish passage improvement projects may be seen in the following link [], a seven minute video entitled Fish Passage Through Culverts. The attachment I included contains some examples of projects I was involved with. The last two photos depict installation of baffles similarly to the ones shown in the video installed to improve chinook passage in a 4.5 meter diameter culvert under Hwy 16, east of Prince George, BC. Being installed over 15 years ago, the site was recently enhanced by backwatering with DFO funding and featured in the following link:

I’m working on getting the message out that as a well-respected national NGO such as CWF can and want to help local groups. I'd appreciate your consideration to work with CWF to network with local stewardship groups to advance fish passage improvement projects ~

Gerry Leering, RPBio.

National Fish Passage Improvement Coordinator

Canadian Wildlife Federation | Fédération canadienne de la faune
350, promenade Michael Cowpland Drive, Kanata, ON K2M 2W1 |

t 1.877.599.5777 | 613.599.9594x253 |

    • Fish Passage Improvement ProjectsDianne Ramage, Tue Feb 12 10:33am
      Congratulations CWF for creating this position, and to you Gerry for accepting this challenge. Restoration and improvement of fish passage to historic habitat is a priority across Canada and indeed... more
      • much intact habitat is not accessible ZoAnn, Fri Mar 1 8:23am
        I think its great that there is to be focus on opening up habitat. Often we have good habitat upstream of impasse. Great bang for our buck. (pun intended)
  • Click here to receive daily updates