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What modern safeguards should be instituted in order to ensure appropriate protections for fish and fish habitat?

fish habitat and enforcement

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480048799
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restore the old language in the Act about habitat and the old penalties and enforcement powers;  re-hire people who can get convictions and do the en .... Read More

restore the old language in the Act about habitat and the old penalties and enforcement powers;  re-hire people who can get convictions and do the enforcement.  repeal the Harper government's gutting of the Act and the department.  don't worry about 'modern' - just restore what we know worked with the right will and the right resources

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Gravel Mining On Our Rivers

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480045082
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Please stop allowing gravel mining on the Fraser River, Vedder River and other rivers in British Columbia. It is very destructive to fish and sturgeon .... Read More

Please stop allowing gravel mining on the Fraser River, Vedder River and other rivers in British Columbia. It is very destructive to fish and sturgeon habitat.

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Extensive damage of our environment is a crime is ecocide

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on 11/25/2016 1480043419
The UN SDGs are motivated as a result in part of the UN GEO reports of extensive unsustainable damage being duty to our environment. As a result of th .... Read More

The UN SDGs are motivated as a result in part of the UN GEO reports of extensive unsustainable damage being duty to our environment. As a result of this awareness I informed PM Stephen Harper and PM Justin Trudeau , the Clerk of the Privy Council, the Min of the Environment, the Min of Justice , the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Senate Standing Committee on National Security and Defense of the proposal to have extensive damage of our environment recognized as criminal acts of ecocide in the Rome Statute from which the International Criminal Court (ICC) get it authority. When does the extensive damage to the web which in this case fish and fish habitat are a component cross the line and threaten the extinction of a species , the mental , physical ecological, economic and food security of Canadians , of  humanity?  When as a result must such damage be recognized as violations of humanities rights to peace and security ?  The government of Canada must recognize that it has the superior duty to protect citizens and the environment what sustains them.  In sept 2016 the ICC announced it intends to prosecute environmental crimes @chrisarsenaul Thomson Reuters Foundation  http://tinyurl.com/jkp6cru In closing is the nation Canada that committed cultural genocide of first nations people now committing ecocide the extensive unsustainable damage to our planets atmsopere, oceans and ecosystems, the web of life, commonly called climate change. Will those with a duty to protect Canadians do the right thing.Having informed the government of Canada repeatedly unfortunately they have not yet fulfilled their duty. 

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Repeal the 2012 legislation that gutted the Fisheries Act

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480042030
First, repeal the Harper era legislation that gutted the Fisheries Act.  The Fisheries Act was well thought out and carefully crafted over many years .... Read More

First, repeal the Harper era legislation that gutted the Fisheries Act.  The Fisheries Act was well thought out and carefully crafted over many years with extensive respected input from highly qualified scientists.  Begin by simply repealing the damaging legislation from the Harper omnibus bill.  Then seek to tweak the original act if that is needed.  The longer you procrastinate and dither, the less chance we have of restoring the full force of the original Act.  The longer it takes, the more chance there is of undue influence from the powerful corporate sector that favoured the 2012 legislation gutting the Act.

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Cumulative effects

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480040969
Climate change will affect most fish by warming the waters/decreasing oxygen content, increasing the acidification/affecting the food chain, for salm .... Read More

Climate change will affect most fish by warming the waters/decreasing oxygen content, increasing the acidification/affecting the food chain, for salmon, lowering stream flow and warming air temperature that both increase water temperature and reduce oxygen content and survivability. of adults.

 

increased flooding can increase erosion and impact survivability of the juvenile salmon.

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Education Transparency & Restoration of the Fisheries Act before Harper

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480040743
I believe we need to reintroduce the Fisheries Act to where it was pre-Harper's dismantling of it. The public needs to be informed about the importanc .... Read More

I believe we need to reintroduce the Fisheries Act to where it was pre-Harper's dismantling of it. The public needs to be informed about the importance of caring for our fish habitat - and there needs to be more transparency for everyone. This summer the destruction of a fish bearing stream in the Maple Creek Watershed of Port Coquitlam was stopped literally DAYS before the filling in of it. Not ONE person was informed. Not ONE PERSON!!! DFO authorized it. Only the owner of the property knew.  It was discovered by accident. To make way for a single family three story 13,000 Sq ft home This HAS to stop !!! For more info on this there is a fb page Save Maple Creek Port Coquitlam and read the history of this. Transparency & Education. Restore the Fisheries Act to protect our precious fish habitat. 

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Marine reserves

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on 11/25/2016 1480040584
Canada in needs to study and establish strategically located marine reserves of sufficient, size, number and linkages that will begin the process of r .... Read More

Canada in needs to study and establish strategically located marine reserves of sufficient, size, number and linkages that will begin the process of restoring fish and their habitat, including what they eat.

Start somewhere and add on annually until the desired effect is achieved and then evaluate next steps.

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Ban Open-Pen Aquaculture

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on 11/25/2016 1480033398
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Please ensure that farmed salmon are contained within land pens. It is clear that open pens do not serve the best interests of natural western salmon .... Read More

Please ensure that farmed salmon are contained within land pens. It is clear that open pens do not serve the best interests of natural western salmon species and the various inter-related elements of the west coast ecosystems.

If aquaculture of Atlantic salmon is going to continue, let it be done responsibly: keep them out of Pacific waters.

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Essential Fish Habitat Must Be Protected

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on 11/24/2016 1480027509
Consideration needs to be given to areas with multiple species at risk, biodiversity “hotspots”, or recovery habitats for species at risk. .... Read More

Consideration needs to be given to areas with multiple species at risk, biodiversity “hotspots”, or recovery habitats for species at risk. Some habitats cannot be recreated through offsetting, and risk cannot be effectively mitigated. This would essentially create “no go zones” where habitat cannot be damaged or destroyed. The current Act allows for the designation of “ecologically sensitive areas” which would include regulatory restrictions on development but this has not yet been enacted or tested. Climate modeling should also be included in this approach. If we protect only the current habitat and not potential recovery habitat -we could still lose species needlessly.

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