Review of Habitat Suitability Indices (HSIs) for priority and common fish species in the Athabasca oil sands region: Fs70-7/2017-017E-PDF

“The Fisheries Sustainable Habitat (FiSH) Committee, a task group of the Oil Sands Developers Group (OSDG) Environment Committee, includes representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the Provincial Government, and oil companies operating in the Athabasca oil sands region of northeastern Alberta. To improve efficiency and effectiveness, and to facilitate compliance with existing Fisheries Act authorizations, the FiSH Committee has undertaken a validation of the existing fish Habitat Suitability Indices (HSIs) developed for the Alberta Oil Sands Region as a standard methodology for discussing fish habitat, impacts and offsets. In 2013, Phase 1 was completed. It included creation of a database of existing fish and habitat data collected between 2006–2011 from Oil Sands operators, identifying gaps and compatible data as inputs to the process of refining and validating HSIs. Phase 2 included the design and implementation of a three-year study (2013–2015) to collect habitat and fish data for key riverine species (six priority and eight common species) to facilitate validation and refinement of the HSIs. These refinements are detailed in a draft technical report (Hatfield Consultants in prep.) entitled, Refinement of Fish Habitat Pre-Disturbance Models Draft Technical Report – Phase 2. Fisheries Protection Program (FPP) has requested Science evaluate the model validation approach, methods, data, analyses, results and proposed revisions to the regional HSIs in the Hatfield Consultants Draft Technical Report – Phase 2 to ensure that they are scientifically sound"--Context, p. [1].

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Title Review of Habitat Suitability Indices (HSIs) for priority and common fish species in the Athabasca oil sands region
Series Title Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat, Science response,
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Language [English]
Other Language Editions [French]
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Note Issued also in French under title: Examen des indices de qualité de l'habitat (IQH) pour les espèces de poissons prioritaires et communes de la région des sables bitumineux de l'Athabasca. Caption title. "June 2017." "This report is available from the Center for Science Advice (CSA), Central & Arctic Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada"--p. 8.
Date 2017.
Number of Pages 8 p.
Catalogue Number
  • Fs70-7/2017-017E-PDF
Subject Terms Freshwater fish, Habitats, Modelling