Protecting fish in New Brunswick: interjurisdictional cooperation and the water manager
Journal or Book Title
Canadian Water Resources Journal
Since the late 1960’s, the Federal and New Brunswick Governments have been working together on protecting fish and fish habitat from the effects of proposed alterations to watercourses. The Water Resources Branch has been responsible for coordinating the programme and for minimizing the inconvenience to the public by issuing one permit on behalf of three agencies.The process of cooperation has not been an easy one, but several stages have been passed through successfully. However, recent restraint combined with the separation of New Brunswick into two fishery regions and the changing stance of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, now raise some basic questions about the objectives of the fish habitat management policy and how these should fit with those of the Water Resource Manager.