Ministry of Environment

Fisheries InventoryFisheries Inventory

FAQ - General

Q: Is the Gazetteer available in digital form or on the Internet?

A: Yes, on the Geographic Data B.C. home page at:

Q: Where do I get an updated list of agency codes and how do I get our agency on the agency code list if it is not there?

A: Agencies that have applied for inclusion into the FRBC bidder's list have been assigned codes that are available at the Inventory Unit Web site. This list will be updated regularly as new codes are added. If your code is not on the list contact:

Q: What is the project area?

A: The project area refers to the whole watershed or groups of watersheds of interest.

Q: Has Photodoc Form 2 (from 1996) been abandoned?

A: Yes, these data are now on the field cards and capture by FDIS. However, a hardcopy of Photodoc Form 1 is still required.

Q: Is there a newer version of the Reconnaissance (1:20,000) Fish and Fish Habitat Inventory: Standards and Procedures (May 1998)?

A: There is a new errata: March 2000, which can be downloaded from the BC Fisheries web site.

Q: Is there a GIS person who can assist with GIS-related queries?

A: All GIS inquiries should be e-mailed to our contact us page.

Q: What is the difference between the Overview Fish and Fish Habitat Methodology Version 1.0 and the Reconnaissance 1:20 000 Fish and Fish Habitat Inventory: Standards and Procedures Version 1.0?

A: The Overview Inventory is a separate standard/methodology than the Reconnaissance 1:20,000. The overview is intended to be used over very large areas, where little or no data exists (such as the far NW and NE of the province). This inventory will give general information for land management (such as fish species in a watershed; a very general distribution) suitable for broad area planning, such as LRMPs. For more detailed information and for larger scale planning (e.g., FPC), the Reconnaissance is the appropriate methodology.

Q: Do we make changes to the original sampling plan based on noted changes when field sampling?

A: There should be no changes to the sampling plan unless approved by the contract monitor. The only changes made are when the site is too difficult (as defined by contract monitor at this point) or too dangerous to reach. If there is no channel present, it is considered a relevant sample and counted as one sample point. Rules and procedures are identified in the RECCE Manual.