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431-00261 (Fisheries)

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House to the following:

THAT, WHEREAS the World Parks Congress recommended in 2002 that 20-30% of all ocean habitats be protected from fishing within “no take” zones;

WHEREAS Canada has designated only 1.98% of its pacific waters to be Marine Protected Areas (MPA's);

WHEREAS MPA's have been found to have a positive “spill over effect” for neighbouring fishing areas, resulting in larger sizes and numbers of fish;

WHEREAS of its 161 MPA's, 95 are intended to be free from any kind of harvesting. However, fishing occurs in all but one of them;

WHEREAS this situation is the result of there being 11 classifications for MPA's; an MPA will be regulated by a different government branch depending on its classification, while the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) regulates the closure of fishing areas.

THEREFORE, YOUR PETITIONERS request that the federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans work with all relevant government branches to simplify multi-lateral communication and responsibilities on the subject of Marine Protected Areas.

Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
June 16, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00261)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia

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