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2021-2022 Expression of Interest: Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk


Prior to submitting a complete proposal to the HSP, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI is not mandatory but will give you the opportunity to discuss your project and receive feedback to verify that it is aligned with national and regional priorities and program expected results.

The feedback you will receive will improve the quality of your proposal but does NOT guarantee that the project will receive funding.

Your completed EOI form must be submitted by November 13, 2020 (11:59pm for your region), to the appropriate HSP Regional Coordinator. Early submissions are encouraged.

This is the organization or identity that would sign a Contribution Agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Appendix 2

Overview of your Project: Provide a brief overview of the project (max. 1 page). The content should clearly address each of the following items:

Type of Project: Identify the type of project (e.g., restoration, outreach, etc.)

Project Timing: What is the timeline for the project to be implemented (single-year, multi-year)?

Project Purpose: What are the project’s goal(s) and objective(s)? 

Project Location: Identify the province, region, and main geographic area where the work would take place (watersheds, rivers, etc.). Include whether it is in a regional priority area (where applicable). If more than one location, please specify all areas.

Target Species: Name the target aquatic species at risk that would benefit from the initiative and their SARA-listed status or COSEWIC assessed designation; can include multiple species.

Threats: What threat(s) faced by the species will the project specifically address? Where have these threats been identified (SAR Recovery Document, Recovery Potential Assessment, and/or COSEWIC Assessment)?

Activities: List the activities proposed to be funded by HSP for Aquatic Species at Risk that address the recovery need/threat of the species.

Budget Estimates: General estimates, including HSP ask.


Telephone: TBD


Josette Maillet
Telephone: 506-851-2237


Lisa Paon
Telephone: 902-483-5495

Newfoundland and Labrador

Lynette Mulley
Telephone: 709-330-7993

Ontario and Prairie

Telephone: TBD


Michelle Cho
Telephone: 236-330-4291


Jocelyne Ouellet
Telephone: 418-775-0582
Appendix 1: Regional priorities
Region Species Areas Threats
Newfoundland and Labrador

Wolffish Species

SARA-Listed Sea Turtle Species

SARA-Listed Large Whale Species (Blue Whale, Fin Whale, North Atlantic Right Whale)

Atlantic Salmon

American Eel

Fisheries Interactions (i.e. bycatch, entanglements)

Vessel Interactions (i.e. ship strikes, acoustic disturbances)

Pollution and Pathogens

Habitat Alteration

Migration Barriers


Atlantic Salmon (Inner Bay of Fundy population)

Atlantic Whitefish

SARA-listed Sea Turtle Species

North Atlantic Right Whale

Lake Utopia Rainbow Smelt


Habitat alteration and degradation

Invasive and introduced species

Fishery interactions (includes entanglement and bycatch)

Interactions with vessels and vehicles

Acoustic disturbance


Atlantic Salmon

Brook Floater

Wolffish species

Leatherback Sea Turtle

Whale species (North Atlantic Right Whale, Blue Whale, Fin Whale)

Interactions with Vessels and Vehicles

Acoustic Disturbances

Fishery Interactions: Bycatch and Entanglement

Habitat Alteration and Degradation

Invasive and Introduced Species


Whales present in the St. Lawrence (Beluga, Right Whale, Blue Whale)

Eastern Sand Darter

Copper Redhorse


Anadromous and catadromous species of the St. Lawrence (Atlantic Salmon and American eel)

The St. Lawrence River watershed

Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence


Disturbance associated with commercial, tourist or pleasure navigation (e.g., noise, collision, wave action and spill)

Bycatch and pressures from sport fishing and fishing for food purposes

Degradation and loss of freshwater habitat (e.g., seagrass destruction, soil compaction, erosion, shoreline and riverbank alteration)

Deterioration of water quality

Invasive alien species affecting aquatic species at risk

Ontario and Prairie

Redside Dace

Pugnose Shiner

Pugnose Minnow

Lake Sturgeon

Black Redhorse

Lake St. Clair & contributing watersheds

Lake Erie & contributing watersheds

Lake Ontario & contributing watersheds

Lake Huron & contributing watersheds

Lakes & contributing watersheds of Upper (western) St. Lawrence River

Sediment/nutrient, contaminant loading

Habitat destruction/ alteration

Altered flows, water levels, or coastal process

Barriers to fish passage

Recreational impacts on aquatic SAR

Ontario and Prairie(Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta)

Bigmouth Buffalo

Lake Sturgeon

Southern Prairie Species (Western Silvery Minnow, Rocky Mountain Sculpin, Plains Sucker)

Native Trout (Athabasca Rainbow, Westslope Cutthroat, Bull)

Mapleleaf Mussel

Peace/Slave River Basin

North and South Saskatchewan River basin

Southern Prairie Region (Milk River, St. Mary’s River, Qu’Appelle River)

Winnipeg/Red/Assiniboine River Basin

East Slopes Rocky Mountains

Habitat loss and degradation

Impacts from introduced/non-introduced species

Disease and pathogens

Restrictions to fish passage

Barriers to movement

Arctic (Northwest Territories and Nunavut)

Dolly Varden (Western Arctic)

Beluga (Cumberland Sound)

Bowhead Whale (Eastern Arctic/West Greenland)


Beluga (Hudson Bay)

Foxe Basin

Hudson Bay/Hudson Strait

Mackenzie River tributaries/Peel River System

Cumberland Sound

All Nunavut waters

Unsustainable harvest

Unknown effects of predators

Lack of information on isolated Dolly Varden populations

Struck and loss of marine mammals

Impacts from introduced/non-introduced species


Killer Whales (all populations)


White Sturgeon

Fraser River Salmonids (populations assessed as at risk by COSEWIC)

Northern Abalone

Cowichan Lake watershed

Fraser River watershed

Columbia River watershed

Salish Sea

North Coast

Fisheries interactions (including incidental/bycatch, catch and release fishery impacts, entanglements, illegal harvest, prey availability or unsustainable directed harvest)

Physical and acoustic disturbance

Habitat degradation and fragmentation (aquatic and riparian)

Cumulative effects (including anthropogenic contributions to climate change)

Aquatic invasive and problematic native species (e.g. competition and/or predation)

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