Anglers Guide 2020-2021
Fish Habitat and All-Terrain Vehicles
Preventing Serious Harm to Fish When Using Your ATV
Every year, an increasing number of people in Newfoundland and Labrador are enjoying the use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), whether it’s to explore the outdoors, haul a load of wood, carry gear to the cabin, or travel to a favourite hunting or fishing spot. An ATV is a great way to travel, but operators should be aware of the potential impacts they can have when crossing rivers and streams.
In Newfoundland and Labrador’s rivers and streams, brook trout and salmon spawn in the changeover area between riffles and pools. Riffles are relatively shallow areas with moderate flows and a mainly gravel, cobble bottom. Some boulders may also be present, which break the surface. Pools are deeper and have slower flows.
Below are some fish friendly practices to keep in mind while riding your ATV
A good rule of thumb for ATV riders, as well as operators of any offroad vehicles, is to stay out of the water.
- Steer clear of wetlands, shorelines and waterbodies
- Avoid driving your ATV along beaches and streambanks
- Stick to established hard roads and trails
- Cross streams at bridges only
If you must cross a stream:
- Cross where the approach is stable and has a low slope
- Cross at right angles to the stream
- Cross where the streambed is made of bedrock or large rubble
- Reduce your speed when crossing
- Avoid areas with vegetated, silty or sandy bottoms
- Keep your ATV in good repair, free of mud, oil and other harmful substances that could impair water quality
Fish that are part of or support commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal fisheries are protected under Canada’s Fisheries Act. For further information, please contact (709)772-4140. If you notice an activity that may result in serious harm to fish, please contact the nearest DFO Detachment Office.
Safe Boating Messages
- Be prepared. Ensure your boat has all the required safety equipment and you know how to use it. Check the weather forecast.
- Always wear your Personal Flotation Device (PFD). It will keep you afloat and increase your chance of survival in cold water.
- Beware of cold water risks. Cold water is a significant risk when boating. Learn how to protect yourself. Dress appropriately and in layers. Know the facts. Be prepared. You CAN survive.
- Make sure your boat is suitable for the environment and conditions. Always be prepared.
- Leave a sail plan with someone responsible; include details about where you are going and when you’ll be back.
- For Further Safe Boating Information contact Transport Canada, Office of Boating Safety at 1-800-230-3693
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