Monday, November 4, 2013

Article in American Fisheries Society Magazine Rips Canadian Federal Government for Changes to Fisheries Act

Last year, against the backdrop of major public concern and an outcry from scientists across the country, the Canadian Government enacted sweeping changes to the Federal Fisheries Act. The Fisheries Act has long been the most important piece of legislation protecting freshwater habitats in Canada, but the changes to the act, notably only providing protection to habitats which currently support commercial, recreational or aboriginal fisheries mean that the vast majority of freshwater bodies in Canada are no longer afforded any legal protection. This month the American Fisheries Society published an article by noted Canadian scientists Jeff Hutchings and John Post titled, Gutting Canada's Fisheries Act: No Fishery no Fish Habitat Protection. In it the authors outline the many ways the changes to the Act have undermined habitat protection and some of the ways it will likely impact the conservation of freshwater systems in Canada. Check it out:

Read the article on pg. 497 of this months Fisheries magazine:
http://fisheries.org/docs/fisheries_magazine_archive/fisheries_current.pdf

and listen to an interview with one of the authors with CBC's As it Happens:
http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2013/10/30/the-wednesday-edition-54/

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