March 3rd, 2020
MP Blaney calls for support for coastal fishing communities
Moments ago, North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney published an open letter to Minister Bernadette Jordan calling for measures to support the public fishing and tourism industry that is critical to many coastal communities, and for a comprehensive and science-based plan to protect endangered Fraser River chinook. Minister Jordan sent a letter to stakeholders yesterday announcing planned regulations for public fishing of chinook salmon, effectively rolling over last year’s retention restrictions for a second year while consultations continue.
"The restrictions last year were devastating to many guides, lodges and tackle shops up and down the coast. Especially in our smaller communities, we need a sustainable salmon fishery to support our economy, our food security, and our way of life. These restrictions alone will not get us there. We need a real plan and investment in habitat restoration now." -MP Rachel Blaney
In the letter to the Minister, Blaney calls for the establishment of a mark-selective fishery of chinook salmon where public fishers would be able to catch and retain hatchery chinook.
"Allowing fishers to keep hatchery chinook would help our local public fishing businesses survive through this process and the benefits outweigh the costs."
Blaney has also launched a petition to support the mark-selective fishery.
Download a copy of the petition here: petition
View the letter to Minister Jordan here: letter