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British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Identification and implementation of fisheries compensation programs at the Kemess South Mine Bent, Harold


An extensive Fisheries Compensation Program has been undertaken at the Kemess Mine, located 10 kilometres east of Thutade Lake, in the northern Omineca Mountains of north central British Columbia. The minesite and study area are approximately 250 km north of Smithers, B.C. Annual fisheries monitoring programs were conducted during the predevelopment, construction and operation phases of the project and were critical in forming the basis of the compensation programs and later evaluation of program success. The fisheries compensation programs have achieved success in all aspects of the compensation. This paper will provide an overview of the efforts undertaken to accomplish the Compensation Programs, outline the challenges presented by the programs, and review their successes.

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