Main Content

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

Search By: 'Fines' Show All

Obligation to act, not simply the ability

SCORE:
5.0
Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/25/2016 1480108264
2 ideas: 1) Obligation to act, and 2) Mandatory increase in compliance staff to certain key numbers.1) Beyond simply having the ability to enforce/fin .... Read More

2 ideas: 1) Obligation to act, and 2) Mandatory increase in compliance staff to certain key numbers.1) Beyond simply having the ability to enforce/fine/reprimand/force compliance, there ought to be some standard base obligation of our government to do these things. Companies, industries, and other entities that destroy, pollute or otherwise harm fish and fish habitat require a baseline of guaranteed repercussions, to a degree that impacts them and forces them to change. We are too fond of cutting deals, sympathizing, letting things go, or charging laughably low amounts of money. Are we serious about protecting fish, fish habitat, and by extension, our water systems? Then be serious. Mandate an Obligation to Act.2) An act is useless with no enforcement muscle. A mandatory minimum number of enforcement personnel should be guaranteed such that they can reasonably cover problems in our regional watersheds. Again, are we serious? Then be serious. Mandate a feasible number of personnel.

Times idea has been viewed

4

Views

Number of suggested comments

0

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

3

Scores

Number of people following the idea

1

Follows

Reform the Fisheries Act!

SCORE:
3.7
Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/25/2016 1480102019
Government needs to have the ability to charge companies for destroying vital fish habitat. There needs to be strict regulations so that damaged fis .... Read More

Government needs to have the ability to charge companies for destroying vital fish habitat. There needs to be strict regulations so that damaged fish habitats are cleaned up. There need to be enough trained enforcement staff to ensure orders are followed. The provision that outlawed the “harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat” needs to be returned to the Act.

How has the DFO not laid a single charge of damaging fish habitat since 2012, despite almost 1,900 complaints nation-wide? This boggles the mind. 

Habitat protection is critical. In the words of former fisheries minister Roméo LeBlanc: "The chain of life extending to the whole open ocean depends on bogs, marshes, mudflats, and other ‘useless-looking’ places that ruin your shoes. Biologists have likened these areas to the corn fields and wheat fields on the ocean. These rich shore areas support salmon, lobster, herring and other local populations; their influence extends for hundreds of miles, even to the rockiest shorelines. They are the irreplaceable nurseries of fisheries' well-being.” (Found here: http://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2016/11/24/Reverse-Attack-on-Fish-Habitat-Protection/?utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=241116)

Times idea has been viewed

7

Views

Number of suggested comments

0

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

3

Scores

Number of people following the idea

1

Follows

Enforcement: Ticketable Offences and Funding for Provincial Agencies

SCORE:
5.0
Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/25/2016 1480098180
Enforcement of the Fisheries Act has been downloaded to provinces as there are very few federal enforcement officers. If provinces are expected to enf .... Read More

Enforcement of the Fisheries Act has been downloaded to provinces as there are very few federal enforcement officers. If provinces are expected to enforce the Act, they should be provided funding and training to do so. Other enforcement options may also exist such as through ticketable offences.

Times idea has been viewed

7

Views

Number of suggested comments

1

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

3

Scores

Number of people following the idea

2

Follows

Restore DFO Capacity

SCORE:
4.6
Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/25/2016 1480098060
DFO currently lacks the capacity to effectively monitor and protect habitat and enforce the Act. While there may be advantages to centralization, the .... Read More

DFO currently lacks the capacity to effectively monitor and protect habitat and enforce the Act. While there may be advantages to centralization, the capacity for staff with local knowledge is severely limited.

Times idea has been viewed

14

Views

Number of suggested comments

1

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

8

Scores

Number of people following the idea

3

Follows

Stronger Regulations and Management around our Sport Fish

SCORE:
4.8
Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/01/2016 1478021089
#1 - Stronger penalties for poachers.  For example, mandatory loss of fishing equipment and a one year minimum ban on fishing.  Just giving a fine i .... Read More

#1 - Stronger penalties for poachers.  For example, mandatory loss of fishing equipment and a one year minimum ban on fishing.  Just giving a fine is not a big enough deterrent and allows them to continue to be on the river with fishing gear which is a privilege that should be revoked.

#2 - Mandatory Environmental assessments for fish farms or any new business or company that poses a risk to the fish habitat and native species.  Example, NL approved to have a mass development of open pen fish farms which poses risk to the native Atlantic Salmon - Alton Gas approved to dump a large amount of Salt into a Bay of Fundy river which poses a major risk to the native Striped bass

#3. A clear divide needs to happen between Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture.  Having DFO look over both is a conflict of interest.

#4. An agreement needs to be reached to stop the commercial fishing of Atlantic Salmon or any other species that has their stocks at risk

#5. Selective harvesting should be mandated and enforced for the Aboriginal First Nations Food Fishery for Atlantic Salmon in the Maritimes.  Banning gill nets would be the first step and  second step would be banning the killing of any female Atlantic Salmon.  This would go a long way in ensuring the health of the Atlantic Salmon in Atlantic Canada and it still allows First Nations to harvest for Food and Ceremonial purposes.

Times idea has been viewed

23

Views

Number of suggested comments

2

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

5

Scores

Number of people following the idea

3

Follows

Increase annual budget for Fishery Officers to allow more enforcement in the Pacific Region

SCORE:
4.1
Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/25/2016 1477354944
There have been no new openings for Pacific Region fishery officers for three straight years. Considering the vast coastline and enormous economic val .... Read More

There have been no new openings for Pacific Region fishery officers for three straight years. Considering the vast coastline and enormous economic value that Pacific Salmon and Pacific fisheries contribute to our economy, it is incredibly surprising that despite ~60 openings over the last three years not one single person has been hired in the Pacific Region. The public wants more eyes on the water, more fishery officers, and more public engagement. All of the postings in the last three cycles have gone to the Eastern Seaboard or Central/Arctic regions. It is exceedingly rare to see a fishery officer in the Pacific region, and the public needs to know with confidence that the resource is being properly protected.

Times idea has been viewed

24

Views

Number of suggested comments

1

Comments

Number of Idea ratings

8

Scores

Number of people following the idea

2

Follows

Date modified: