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

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Public Fisheries Database

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Theme:Opportunities for Partnerships and Collaborations
on 11/25/2016 1480091791
I propose that we work on establishing a federal database and an interactive mapping framework (IMF) similar to that currently used in Alberta. Work b .... Read More

I propose that we work on establishing a federal database and an interactive mapping framework (IMF) similar to that currently used in Alberta. Work being done on a Provincial level is regularly uploaded through a load form to the database and points are then populated on a map after the data is entered. This data is then searchable through an IMF system to help establish a baseline of the species richness and presence in an area. The responsibility of uploading information falls to those collecting the data through fish research licenses, public fishing, angling groups, etc. The federal governing body would really only be tasked with website maintenance. This would allow government, consultants, public, special interest group, etc to have reliable information at their finger tips. 

There is constantly work being done by consultants, government, industry etc. Why not give them a spot to upload e-fishing, netting, and angling data? It would allow us to better understand the distribution of fish in our country and give us a invaluable database to draw from.

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Protect Habitat for the future generations

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480052058
Please reinstate the old fisheries act prior to the Harper government to give our sacred Salmon and Sturgeon a chance to survive for all future genera .... Read More

Please reinstate the old fisheries act prior to the Harper government to give our sacred Salmon and Sturgeon a chance to survive for all future generations. The most delicate ecosystem on the Fraser river is between Mission and Hope for salmon and sturgeon rearing, smolt and fry development. Gravel should never be taken from these area's or other tributaries to the Fraser River for the same reasons. Cleaning our waterways of garbage and abandoned boat, ship and industrial equipment to prevent degradation. Do not allow any Salmon fishing when there is a conservation concern of stock groups. Create a transparent monitoring and enforcement program that all Canadians and the world can be proud of. Future generations rely on our Government to make responsible decisions that will protect all fish for the future. 

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Adaptive, Ecosystem, and Long-Term Managment

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/17/2016 1479421946
In a general sense, an adaptive management approach is important when looking at fish management and study decisions.  Though going back to previous .... Read More

In a general sense, an adaptive management approach is important when looking at fish management and study decisions. 

Though going back to previous legislature would be more beneficial to conservation than what is currently in place. We should refine the older policies with up to date information so that we may begin to work toward the net gain policy.

When concerned with an individual species, one cannot focus in on just that species. An ecosystem based management approach is imperative to understanding what drives their abundance and distribution. There are many factors which contribute to a species survival that must all be considered in helping to restore a species population. 

Species management must also continue to take a collaborative approach. Where we cannot just have scientists or publicists coming up with management decisions separately. Various types of specialists from government officials, to research scientists, social scientists, etc. must collaborate in producing programs that are beneficial to all. 

At the same time, management must also be well-informed. Each species has very specific requirements to survive which even vary spatially and temporally. These requirements may be overlooked if a general framework is applied to all. 

It is important to get the general population on board if any management decision is to be successful. Expansion of public knowledge is important in this regard. For example, applicant angling license holders should undergo brief testing on ecological principles, species-specific knowledge, and current conservation issues to better understand how they may effect their surroundings. 

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Provide Fishery Officers and Guardians with clear power to stop conveyances

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 11/17/2016 1479358409
Provide Fishery Officers and Guardians with clear power to stop conveyances as provided to Canadian Wildlife Service Officers under the Migratory Bi .... Read More
  • Provide Fishery Officers and Guardians with clear power to stop conveyances as provided to Canadian Wildlife Service Officers under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

"A Fishery Officer or Fishery Guardian may, at any reasonable time, direct that a conveyance be stopped — or be moved, by the route and in the manner that the officer may specify, to a place specified by the officer where an inspection can be carried out — and the officer may, for a reasonable time, detain a conveyance."

Currently there is no clear power for Fishery Officers to stop or direct conveyances, their current authority comes from their inspection powers but does not give clear authority.

 

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Habitat Protection and Fish Conservation

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/08/2016 1478605829
Require some form of online test before granting any form of fishing license. The test should be focused on species conservation and should test knowl .... Read More

Require some form of online test before granting any form of fishing license. The test should be focused on species conservation and should test knowledge of the fishing regulations. Model the test after the hunting CORE test, maybe not as difficult a version.

Increase the number of fisheries officials in the field to allow better oversight to prevent overfishing. 

 

Organize several research studies of the commercial, indigenous, and recreational fishing industries to gather data on illegal activity. Allow researchers to observe fishing activity in certain high-risk areas without announcing their intention, I.e. do not divulge that they are participating in research.

Issue a moratorium on open net fish farming. Require closed containment systems with a closed loop water source, thus preventing sea lice from leaving a farm pen and preventing fish from escaping the farm.

 

I would support an increase in income taxes to achieve these goals.

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Let's save the Salmon fishery

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/07/2016 1478477367
It is no secret that the chinook fishery return showed significant decline in 2016. I think this is a result of too many stakeholders over the years .... Read More

It is no secret that the chinook fishery return showed significant decline in 2016.

I think this is a result of too many stakeholders over the years blaming everyone else and not holding  themselves culpable.  It is just too easy to blame everything on climate change after what has happened over the years. My list of changes that should help to bring the fishery back are below.

1. Eliminate the offshore sport fishery. Limit salmon fishing to within 2 miles of the shore. We are harvesting the crop as veal when the salmon feed and grow for another year or 2 or 3 for free.

2. Get some semblance of control on the guide boat commercial sport fishery. Back in the days of the commercial salmon trollers limits were set on the number of fish that could be caught in an area and also the number of boats fishing. These boat now basically have no daily or yearly catch limit and they are multiplying like rabbits every year.

3. The salmon need small fish to eat and grow. We are selling the food out of their manger. Stop the commercial herring roe fishery until such time as herring stocks are rebuilt in the Georgia Strait, Juan De Fuca Strait and the south end of the west  coast of Vancouver Island.

4. Get the salmon farms out of the ocean and onto the land where they belong.

5.Continue salmon enhancement programs that revitalise and restart salmon runs in spawning rivers and creeks.

Inforce the rules of the fishery on the ocean and on the rivers. There should be ocean and roadside checks on sports fishermen. This means everyone including the aboriginals food fishery. If the salmon fishery becomes the east coast cod fishery how may food fish will be left ?

All stakeholders lose if we do not fix this now!

 

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