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Stop further gutting of the Fisheries Act!

posted Apr 17, 2014, 5:03 PM by SOS SaveOceanScience   [ updated Apr 17, 2014, 5:03 PM ]
By Philippe Marchand, Evidence for Democracy (E4D), April 16, 2014

The federal government just introduced regulatory changes that could make fish farms and other industries exempt from the pollution prevention requirements in the Fisheries Act. These changes could become final as soon as next Wednesday, April 23rd, so we have little time to take action and spread the word.

Although some regulatory changes are needed to allow research at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) to resume, the proposed regulations go much further by giving cabinet ministers the authority to exempt whole industries from the pollution restrictions contained in the Fisheries Act. Along with other organizations such as West Coast Environmental Law, Evidence for Democracy supports amending the proposal so that it only applies to research activities with a specific conservation objectives.

These regulations do not require a vote of Parliament and will become final as soon as they are published in the Canada Gazette Part 2, which could be as early as April 23rd.

We invite you to consult our webpage for more information and to use our template letter to send a message to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans in support of our proposed amendments.