Environment - Fish Habitat

Arctic grayling sampled on the Casino property.

Casino has been conducting fish baseline studies within the proposed mine project area each year since 2008. These studies have shown a broad-range of species in the area including; Arctic grayling; slimy sculpin; burbot; round whitefish; Chinook salmon; and chum salmon. To see our fish and aquatic resources sampling sites map, click here.

An estimated 18,000 square meters of fish habitat may be impacted by the Casino Project, and will require an authorization under the federal Fisheries Act by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. As a result, a Fish Habitat Compensation Plan (FHOP) has been developed to ensure a net benefit to fish populations using varying strategies such as new habitat creation, restoration or enhancement.

Casino is also exploring ways to improve habitat for Yukon River Chinook salmon. Our team is working closely with local partners and stakeholders, including Selkirk and Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nations and Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, to identify options to improve Chinook salmon freshwater habitat.

One opportunity being explored is the reinstatement of a historical watercourse channel adjacent to the Yukon River, just north of the Casino property. If restored, the channel would provide new high-quality habitat for Chinook salmon seeking early-life food and protection.

Please click here to learn how Casino is partnering with Yukon First Nations in Exploring Ways to Improve Yukon River Chinook Salmon Habitat.

For more information, please view the Fish and Aquatic Resources section of the Casino Project Proposal and Supplementary Information