Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk – Priority Places and Threats

The Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk (CNFASAR) enables applicants to design and deliver projects that address priority threats and contribute to the protection and recovery of aquatic species at risk in priority places.

Two priority marine threats and seven freshwater priority places are the focus of the CNFASAR. Projects that may be eligible for funding are those which:

Two marine priority threats along our three coasts:

  1. Fishing interactions (includes entanglement and bycatch of aquatic species at risk)
  2. Physical and acoustic disturbance (includes vessel collisions and marine noise)

Seven freshwater priority areas:

  1. Fraser and Columbia Watersheds Priority Area (British Columbia)
  2. Rocky Mountains’ Eastern Slopes Priority Area (Alberta)
  3. Southern Prairies Priority Area (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)
  4. Lower Great Lakes Watershed Priority Area (Ontario)
  5. St. Lawrence Lowlands Priority Area (Quebec)
  6. Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Rivers Priority Area (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island)
  7. Bay of Fundy and Southern Uplands Watersheds Priority Area (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick)

How were the priorities selected?

Priority threats and places were selected based on the following criteria:

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