Managing pollution under the Fisheries Act

The Fisheries Act contains two key provisions on conservation and protection of fish habitat essential to sustaining freshwater and marine fish species. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans administers section 35, the key habitat protection provision, prohibiting any work or undertaking that would cause the harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers section 36, the key pollution prevention provision, prohibiting the deposit of deleterious substances into waters frequented by fish, unless authorized by regulations under the Fisheries Act or other federal legislation.

For more information about the pollution prevention provision under the Fisheries Act consult Frequently asked questions: Fisheries Act pollution prevention provisions.

Effluent regulations under the Fisheries Act

The regulations administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada under section 36(3) of the Fisheries Act are as follows:

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