Watershed Watch quoted in Comox Valley Record article
Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr, expresses his disappointment over the number of unpaid illegal fishing fines in the Comox Valley Record article Fishery violators get away without paying fines. The article discusses recent testimony from the Cohen Commission into the decline of Fraser River sockeye revealing that more than $1 million in fines are currently unpaid in BC, and there is no system in place to follow up and collect these fines. Craig Orr states “The environment and the fish are the losers when we don’t collect those fines,” and noted that the money can often be channelled into stewardship projects or habitat restoration.
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