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432-00042 (Fisheries)

Petition to the House of Commons

THEREFORE, YOUR PETITIONERS call upon the House of Commons to act on the precautionary principle and immediately implement all of the 75 recommendations made by Justice Cohen to save our salmon.

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

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

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the Cohen Commission’s recommendations and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), along with Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) and the Province of British Columbia (BC), have now taken actions to address all 75, or 100% of the recommendations as of October 2018.

Many of the Cohen recommendations are broad reaching, and consequently, the governments of Canada and BC recognize that acting on many of the recommendations is an ongoing task. Ongoing work on many of the Cohen recommendations continues, particularly across several key areas, such as salmon stock assessment, health status assessment, habitat protection and restoration, precautionary approach to salmon aquaculture, and fisheries management.

Commitment to ongoing action is also reflected in the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan which outlines specific activities and approaches that will be led by the department over the next five years towards restoring and maintaining healthy and diverse Pacific salmon populations and their habitats.

Please see the 2018 Cohen Response Status Update Report and Annex (http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/cohen/report-rapport-2018-eng.htm) for more detail on DFO’s actions to date in response to the Cohen Commission recommendations and the Wild Salmon Policy 2018-2022 Implementation Plan (https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/species-especes/salmon-saumon/wsp-pss/ip-pmo/index-eng.html). Additionally, the second Wild Salmon Policy Annual Report was released on June 30, 2020 (https://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/salmon-saumon/wsp-pss/annual-annuel/2019-2020-eng.html).  

Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
September 30, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00042)
Government response tabled
November 16, 2020
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia

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