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Reform the Fisheries Act!

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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)

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Enforcement: Ticketable Offences and Funding for Provincial Agencies

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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.

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Restore DFO Capacity

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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.

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Sensitive Inventory Habitat Mapping

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/17/2016 1479358626
SHIM methods ( http://cmnmaps.ca/cmn/files/methods/SHIM_Methods.html ) should be required by DFO as part of a land use proposal assessment, to descr .... Read More

SHIM methods ( http://cmnmaps.ca/cmn/files/methods/SHIM_Methods.html ) should be required by DFO as part of a land use proposal assessment, to describe the existing "fish habitat". This method has been used in BC for 15 years by many local governments to inform their land use planning and decisions. Those local governments have found it a practical method to meet their business needs. SHIM should be applied to several kilometres of a water course or most of a water body shoreline to establish a baseline data set and to capture any cumulative effects in a watershed.

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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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Enforcement

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/31/2016 1477942202
Tags: Fishery Officer 
Enforcement of inland fishing abuses is woefully inadequate mostly,I think,because of lack of personal in the field.Could DFO assist the provincial go .... Read More

Enforcement of inland fishing abuses is woefully inadequate mostly,I think,because of lack of personal in the field.Could DFO assist the provincial government with this problem in some way.

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Increase Enforcement Options

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/29/2016 1477759802
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Ticketing provisions should be added to the act to allow for ticketing for a wide variety of non compliance issues, for example: destruction of habit .... Read More

Ticketing provisions should be added to the act to allow for ticketing for a wide variety of non compliance issues, for example:

  • destruction of habitat
  • working without a permit
  • releasing deleterious substances into fish habitat
  • obstructing fish passage

In addition, the enforcement provisions should include options to issue Orders/Inspectors Directions, along with ticketing provisions for not implementing the actions required in the orders/directions. This ticketing should work such that each day an order/direction is not carried out is considered a separate offence. Such a system will result in action being taken on the part of the offender and will reduce the need to go to court.

DFO must also hire additional Fishery Officers that are specifically trained to identify habitat infractions. Prior to the 2012/2013 Fisheries Act changes, any of the habitat infractions required the attendance of both a habitat biologist and a Fishery Officer. This is inefficient and results in poorer enforcement as it requires the coordination of schedules.

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

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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.

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Reinstate the charging sections of the Fisheries Act

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Theme:Compliance and Enforcement
on 10/18/2016 1476826216
Tags: Fishery Officer 
Reinstate section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act and include the original definition of Fish habitat and fish.  This includes fish used for recreational .... Read More

Reinstate section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act and include the original definition of Fish habitat and fish.  This includes fish used for recreational purposes and was not restricted to commercial fisheries.  Include the definition of a wetland under the Fisheries Act to protect wetlands in Canada.

Reinstate section 36 which prohibited the deposit of a deleterious substance as well as the powers of a Habitat Inspector and the Inspector's Direction. 

Reinstate all of the charges associated with a violation under 35(1) HADD and 36(3) deposit of a deleterious substance. 

Reinstate Fishery Officers across Canada to enforce the Fisheries Act for Fish Habitat Protection and  Aboriginal Fishery regulations.

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