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431-00194 (Fisheries)

Paper petition

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the Government of Canada to the following:

  • In May 2019 the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans provided 20 recommendations to government for changing its current management of commercial fisheries in British Columbia; and
  • After consultations with independent fish harvesters, community organizations, industry, and academics, the report identified need for transparent fishing license and quota ownership as it is not currently known where the benefits of our fish resources are truly flowing; and
  • Among its recommendations, the Standing Committee called for the set-up of a public online database to track the buyers, sellers and sale/lease prices, as well as an end to the sale of fishing quotas and licenses to non-Canadian interests.

THEREFORE, we call upon the Government of Canada to commit to a timeline and a plan that respects and addresses the 20 recommendations laid out in the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans entitled "West Coast Fisheries: Sharing Risks and Benefits".

Response by the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable Bernadette Jordan

On March 11, 2020, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) re-tabled their report entitled “West Coast Fisheries: Sharing Risks and Benefits” in the current session. While the tabling of the Government Response during the previous session was affected by the timing of the 2019 Federal election, Fisheries and Oceans Canada values FOPO’s hard work and dedication to highlighting ways to make our fisheries more environmentally and economically sustainable for present and future generations of Canadians. Pursuant to Standing Order 109, the Government of Canada will provide a response to the report within 120 days of tabling. 


Presented to the House of Commons
Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni)
May 14, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00194)
Government response tabled
July 20, 2020
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia

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