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Fisheries Act

Version of section 20 from 2002-12-31 to 2013-11-24:

Marginal note:Fish-ways to be made as Minister directs

  •  (1) Every obstruction across or in any stream where the Minister determines it to be necessary for the public interest that a fish-pass should exist shall be provided by the owner or occupier with a durable and efficient fish-way or canal around the obstruction, which shall be maintained in a good and effective condition by the owner or occupier, in such place and of such form and capacity as will in the opinion of the Minister satisfactorily permit the free passage of fish through it.

  • Marginal note:Idem

    (2) Where it is determined by the Minister in any case that the provision of an efficient fish-way or canal around the obstruction is not feasible, or that the spawning areas above the obstruction are destroyed, the Minister may require the owner or occupier of the obstruction to pay to him from time to time such sum or sums of money as he may require to construct, operate and maintain such complete fish hatchery establishment as will in his opinion meet the requirements for maintaining the annual return of migratory fish.

  • Marginal note:Place, form, etc.

    (3) The place, form and capacity of the fish-way or canal to be provided pursuant to subsection (1) must be approved by the Minister before construction thereof is begun and, immediately after the fish-way is completed and in operation, the owner or occupier of any obstruction shall make such changes and adjustments at his own cost as will in the opinion of the Minister be necessary for its efficient operation under actual working conditions.

  • Marginal note:To be kept open

    (4) The owner or occupier of every fish-way or canal shall keep it open and unobstructed and shall keep it supplied with such sufficient quantity of water as the Minister considers necessary to enable the fish frequenting the waters in which the fish-way or canal is placed to pass through it during such times as are specified by any fishery officer, and, where leaks in a dam cause a fish-way therein to be inefficient, the Minister may require the owner or occupier of the dam to prevent the leaks therein.

  • R.S., c. F-14, s. 20

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