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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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Fish Habitat Restoration

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
on 11/25/2016 1480101507
While the Fisheries Act has programs in place for habitat protection, changes should be made with the intention of addressing the restoration of fish .... Read More

While the Fisheries Act has programs in place for habitat protection, changes should be made with the intention of addressing the restoration of fish habitat in areas that have been damaged by human impact and development. 

Restoration is not intended to return a system to a pre-altered state or fixed condition but to help restore the structure, function, and ecological processes of a system. Restoration also includes extensive environmental monitoring. Environmental monitoring requires collection of data to measure the success of a project. Data collected from monitoring programs will also aid in filling gas in DFO and public data and can assist in mapping. 

Habitat restoration is at the foundation of many land management strategies and endangered species recovery initiatives and should be considered further in the Fisheries Act. 

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Test all bodies of waters...create recovery plans where necessary.

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on 11/25/2016 1480096247
Researchers, students and the public need to go out in masses and test all bodies of water to meadure theit ability to continue withstand life.  They .... Read More

Researchers, students and the public need to go out in masses and test all bodies of water to meadure theit ability to continue withstand life.  They need to be graded and all those with a failing grade require rapid mitigation pkans.  All waters vulnerabke rrequire public action to orotect thrm. Now jot later.

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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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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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Marine reserves

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Theme:Conservation and Protection of Fish & Fish Habitat
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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Reinstate the, pre 2012 Omnibus Bill, Fisheries Act

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on 11/24/2016 1480015463
I believe we should start by reinstating the safeguards and staffing levels that were in place prior to 2012. Deletion of the provision that outlawed .... Read More

I believe we should start by reinstating the safeguards and staffing levels that were in place prior to 2012. Deletion of the provision that outlawed the "harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat"  was a grievous mistake. Self monitoring is also a poor idea.

From there we can begin to build a Fisheries Act which is in tune with the times.  One that provides the resources needed to gather comprehensive, credible data on habitat. One that provides the resources to provide necessary enforcement.

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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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