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Alberta Sustainable Resource Development. Fish and Wildlife Division. Fish and Wildlife Division Branches. FWD Mandate. Management of Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife resources.

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Alberta sustainable resource development

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development

Fish and Wildlife Division



Fwd mandate
FWD Mandate

  • Management of Alberta’s Fish and Wildlife resources.

  • Accomplished by a combination of research, inventories, management plans, allocation (sustainable harvest), protection, habitat protection and enhancement, legislative framework, education, prevention, field services and enforcement.


  • 60 Fish and Wildlife district offices within the 9 provincial areas, with Headquarters based in Edmonton.

  • District offices are generally shared with other SRD staff.

  • Stationed at the various district offices throughout the province and headquarters are approx 120 fisheries and wildlife staff and managers and approx 155 Fish and Wildlife officers (FWOs) and managers.


  • Minimum training requirement for most FWD staff is Standard First Aid.

  • All FWOs and most fisheries and wildlife field staff are trained in:

    • Use of Firearms (handgun, shotgun, rifle)

    • Boats, 4WD, ATV handling, snowmobiles

    • Problem wildlife, chemical immobilization

  • Commencing with the 2007 FWO recruit class, all new recruits receive additional training including:

    • Ice safety and rescue

    • Swift water rescue

    • EVOC

    • Wilderness survival


  • FWOs are appointed to enforce various provincial and federal legislation and receive training according to the Alberta Peace Officers standards.

  • FWD field staff have extensive knowledge of the local area and the people who inhabit it.

  • Additionally, each FWD district will have access to snowmobiles, quads, boats, etc.


  • FWD staff, in particular FWOs, are prepared to respond and assist with emergency situations upon request (i.e. RCMP or other first responders).

  • In the past, FWOs have assisted in several significant emergency events:

    • Manning hwy closure roadblocks during large forest fire events

    • Providing equipment and manpower for water rescues, missing person searches, environmental disasters, etc.

    • Securing problem wildlife in an area before other emergency personnel can enter.




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