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e-3965 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Dorrance Woodward from Denman Island, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

  • The Honorable Joyce Murray aims to restore Pacific herring stocks to enable this keystone species to play its vital role in sustaining Pacific salmon populations and the marine ecosystem, and she has advanced those aims by reducing the harvest rate of the Strait of Georgia herring stock to 10%;
  • The shellfish aquaculture industry operates within the spawning and rearing grounds of this Strait of Georgia stock, and plans further expansion into habitats critical for herring survival; and
  • The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is responsible for both the herring and shellfish aquaculture fisheries.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to persevere in her restorative aims and use tools in the Sustainable Fisheries Framework, and to:
1. Postpone licensing any further shellfish aquaculture facilities located in/near herring spawning and rearing habitat in Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel until:
(i) an ecosystem-based assessment is completed on the impacts of this industry’s activities on the herring stock,
(ii) this industry establishes a record of effectively managing its gear and equipment, and pays for the cleanup of the tons of plastic debris it produces annually; and
2. Develop, with First Nations, a co-management plan for Baynes Sound/Lambert Channel that:
(i) is area-based and ecosystem-based,
(ii) respects and recognizes unceded traditional territories and this location’s unique value as an Ecologically and Biologically Significant Area and Important Bird and Biodiversity Area with twenty-one salmon-bearing creeks, and herring spawning and rearing grounds,
(iii) considers other stakeholders.
Open for signature
May 3, 2022, at 2:53 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 31, 2022, at 2:53 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Gord Johns (Courtenay—Alberni)
September 21, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00669)
Photo - Gord Johns
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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