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e-2404 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Tasha Sutcliffe from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • In May 2019, a much welcomed report from the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans (FOPO) provided 20 unanimously supported recommendations to government for changing its current management of commercial fisheries in British Columbia;
  • After hearing many testimonies, including from independent fish harvesters, community organizations, industry, and academics, the report entitled “West Coast Fisheries: Sharing Risks and Benefits” clearly identified the lack of transparency around fishing licence and quota ownership, highlighting the fact that it is not currently known where the benefits of our fish resources are truly flowing; and
  • Among its recommendations, FOPO called for the setup 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 licences to non-Canadian interests.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, 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 (FOPO) report entitled “West Coast Fisheries: Sharing Risks and Benefits”.
Open for signature
January 30, 2020, at 10:52 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 30, 2020, at 10:52 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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