Watershed Watch Executive Director Comments on Proposed Fisheries Act Changes in Vancouver Sun
Watershed Watch Executive Director, Craig Orr, said “he’s never seen such an outcry from the community over protecting salmon,” in comments related to proposed changes to the Fisheries Act in the Vancouver Sun article Metro wants proposed changes reeled in.
He also states, “The Fisheries Act is still one of the most powerful laws we have in protecting fish habitat. It’s disturbing to think salmon and aquatic resources don’t rank higher [on the government’s agenda].” In discussing recent restoration efforts in the Coquitlam River watershed, he noted that even with extensive restoration, it is impossible to return a system to its natural state. “We can’t recreate habitat to the same degree that nature can.”
Orr was also quoted in the Surrey Leader article Metro Vancouver opposes any weakening of fish habitat rules where he stated that “fish habitat could be badly damaged by a plethora of much smaller developments. This could be a death by a thousand cuts. That’s a bigger concern – that we’ll see a large cumulative impact by the degrading of habitat.”
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