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March 4th, 2020

MP Alistair MacGregor calls for more support for BC coastal communities

OTTAWA– This week, New Democrats called on the government to support the public fishing and tourism industry that is critical to many coastal communities, and for a comprehensive and science-based plan to protect endangered Fraser River Chinook.

The Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard announced planned regulations for public fishing of Chinook salmon, effectively rolling over last year’s retention restrictions for a second year.

In a letter to the Minister, Vancouver Island NDP MP Rachel Blaney calls for the establishment of a mark-selective fishery where public fishers would be able to catch and retain hatchery Chinook saying the benefits outweigh the costs. Blaney has also launched a petition to support the mark-selective fishery which is available through her office.

"People in coastal communities in Cowichan-Malahat-Langford rely on tourism to take care of their families and salmon fishing is a big part of that. Unfortunately, the government isn’t making meaningful conservation efforts or supporting our communities. New Democrats are fighting to ensure that future generations of British Columbians can enjoy the many economic benefits of having these fish off our coasts." -MP Alistair MacGregor

New Democrats are asking that DFO engage in an in-depth, meaningful, community consultation process with outcomes that are based on science and evidence based decision making, and rely on local, and indigenous knowledge.

To get the petition contact: rachel.blaney@parl.gc.ca, or 250-287-9388.