Planning Services – Shoreline Erosion – Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Shoreline waters provide habitat for hundreds of aquatic organisms including fish. The nearshore area is where many fish species lay their eggs, feed and seek protection from predators. Changes or disruptions to these areas can threaten their survival. If you own or lease waterfront property, you can help protect the fish populations in your lake or river by protecting fish habitat along your waterfront. If you use appropriate materials and designs for shoreline stabilization, fish habitat can be protected.
Be Aware of the FISHERIES ACT and Other Legislation!
Manitoba Fact Sheet 1
Fish need healthy places to live, feed and reproduce. The places that supply fish with their requirements for food, shelter, water, reproduction and growth over their life cycle are called fish habitat. Lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, marshes, wetlands, canals, drains, and even hay meadows under water can sustain fish life. If you own waterfront property or are working on a project in or near water, your actions can affect fish, as well as the birds and wildlife that live along the shore.
Manitoba Fact Sheet 2
Shoreline waters provide habitat for hundreds of aquatic organisms including fish. The near shore area is where many fish species lay their eggs, feed and seek protection from predators. Changes or disruptions to these areas can threaten their survival. If you own or lease waterfront property, you can help protect the fish populations in your lake or river by protecting fish habitat along your waterfront. If you use appropriate materials and designs for dock, boathouse, boat port and boat launch construction, fish habitat can be protected.
Manitoba Fact Sheet 3
This fact sheet provides information about the use of different building materials for in-water works. Recently there have been a number of changes in the way proposals for in-water works are reviewed. These changes are outlined in the introductory fact sheet, Working Around Water? What You Should Know About Fish Habitat. This introductory fact sheet introduces the entire Working Around Water series of fact sheets that are designed to help in the planning of different types of in-water works.
Manitoba Fact Sheet 4
Experience has shown that in areas where a natural beach does not exist in the first place, beach-building efforts are usually unsuccessful. This is particularly true in areas with strong currents and waves. Over time, beaches created in these areas are transported away and deposited elsewhere. Beach sand may be deposited on neighbouring properties, downstream, in deeper water or as a sand-bar elsewhere.
Manitoba Fact Sheet 5
There are many ways to limit or avoid the loss of your shoreline. These methods range from "soft" to "hard" approaches. Soft methods include stabilizing the existing shoreline by planting native deep-rooted vegetation; and bioengineering which uses plants with natural materials (logs, live stakes, live brush bundles etc.). Harder methods include installing armored embankments, gabion baskets, and vertical retaining walls.
Manitoba Fact Sheet 6
Since sediment and turbidity may create a variety of harmful impacts to fish and fish habitat, it is important to avoid the introduction of sediment into our water by planning and designing work projects with care and carrying them out with attention to safeguarding the environment.
Prairies Edition Dock Primer
This primer points both the confirmed do-it-yourselfer and the equally confirmed purchase-it-yourselfer in the direction of good docks and good dock building practices. It also explains how to avoid some potentially damaging and costly errors. For the full scoop on docks - including plans and full construction techniques - check out additional references or consult experts to get you started.
Prairies Edition Fish Habitat Primer
For anyone who lives, plays, or works around water, the answers are in this and other booklets on conservation and stewardship, including The Dock Primer and The Shore Primer. The Fish Habitat Primer-Prairies Edition is an essential guide to recognizing and respecting the environments on which fish depend to keep their – and our – waterways vibrant with life.
Prairies Edition Shoreline Primer
The Shoreline Primer is the second in a series of primers on waterfront stewardship published by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in association with Cottage Life. In combination with The Shoreline Primer, this series of primers can help you become a better caretaker of your own little piece of paradise.