No Environmental Review by Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans

The Department of Fisheries on Oceans confirmed on May 23, 2013 that they did NOT review the Cape Roger Curtis dock applications.

From: Engelsjord, Michael
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 8:46 AM
To: Doug Hooper
Cc: Knoop, Donald
Subject: Docks at Cape Roger Curtis, Bowen Island

Hello Mr. Hooper,

As you requested during our telephone conversation yesterday I am sending you this summary of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s understanding of the docks at Cape Roger Curtis on Bowen Island.

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has not reviewed an application for these residential docks and has not issued any authorizations under the Fisheries Act.
  • DFO did receive notification of the proposed docks from the proponent which is different from a project review application.
  • A notification may be sent to DFO (it is not mandatory) when a proponent has considered the potential effects of a proposed project on fish and fish habitat and has determined that the project does not require a Fisheries Act authorization.
  • According to the information provided, the DFO’s view is that the risks to fish and fish habitat related to the proposed docks can be managed with mitigation measures and do not require an authorization from DFO.
  • Under the DFO’s Fisheries Protection Program, proponents are responsible for low-risk projects by following clear regulations and guidelines so that government assets can focus efforts on large projects that pose the greatest risk to the fish and fish habitat.

I hope this is helpful.  Thank you for contacting DFO.


Michael Engelsjord
Team Leader
Fisheries Protection Program
Ecosystem Management Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
Telephone: 604-666-2365