Defend the Wild Salmon Policy
The bureaucrats at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and their political masters are hoping that citizens like you aren’t interested in what I’m about to tell you, even though it is vital to the future of our wild salmon.
They think your eyes will glaze over when people like me start talking about how our government is poised to gut Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy. They also think you won’t care that monitoring and protection for our salmon runs is at a historic low. They think that if they twist the knife now, you will forget before the next election rolls around. Can you help us prove them wrong?
Click here to take action now, or read on if you want the backstory.
Here’s the deal. You know that BC’s salmon are facing some big threats and that some salmon runs are doing fine while others are depleted and need to be protected and rebuilt. Luckily, we have a bold action plan for conserving and restoring our salmon and it’s called Canada’s Policy for the Conservation of Wild Pacific Salmon. It was brought in by the previous Liberal government in 2005 and it is now under threat.
Unlike the Fisheries Act, which was severely weakened in 2012 through the removal of habitat protections for fish, the Wild Salmon Policy survived the Harper years unscathed. But now the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) wants to dismantle the Policy and “align” it with the weakened version of Fisheries Act. But what makes this scheme totally bizarre is that the Trudeau government has promised to restore the lost protections to the Fisheries Act! It sounds crazy, but it’s for real.
This is a stealth attack on our Wild Salmon Policy. In 2012, a massive $37 million taxpayer-funded inquiry recommended that DFO implement the Policy, and the Trudeau government ran on a promise to act on those recommendations. But now their “implementation plan” involves dismantling the policy and weakening it. We can’t let that happen.
At the same time, on-the-ground monitoring and protection for BC salmon hit an all-time low in 2016. Hard-working contractors who earn their living counting fish in our creeks and rivers were volunteering their time so that the health of our salmon runs wouldn’t go unwatched.
Ottawa has gone off the rails in their management of BC’s wild salmon, and we need your help to get them back on track. We can do this! If enough citizens like you stand up NOW, the politicians will do the math and realize that only trouble will come from pinching pennies on salmon monitoring and letting DFO dismantle the Wild Salmon Policy.
Here’s what you can do:
- Write a letter to Minister LeBlanc and his Parliamentary Secretary, Terry Beech, demanding that they restore monitoring and protection for our salmon and back off on dismantling the Wild Salmon Policy.
- Come out to the public meeting on March 16 in Vancouver and tell the DFO staff there the same thing.
- Build our collective power by getting your friends and family on board–let them know what’s happening, share our posts on Facebook, and encourage them to take action, too.
Enough is enough! Let’s stand up to Ottawa and defend our salmon!
Yours in conservation,
P.S. The politicians and bureaucrats think they can get away with weakening protection for BC’s wild salmon. Let them know how wrong they are!