MISSION-MATSQUI-FRASER CANYON MP JATI SIDHU VOTES IN FAVOUR OF BILL C-228
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (OTTAWA) Tuesday, December 6, 2016 – Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, voted in favour of Private Member’s Bill C-228 today. Bill C-228 seeks to amend the Fisheries Act dealing with closed containment aquaculture in coastal waters, and to protect wild salmon through transitioning away from potentially harmful open net pens.
“This past summer I consulted with First Nation leaders on a host of issues and they informed me the protection of wild Pacific salmon was crucial to the well-being of their people, their communities and their way of life along the Fraser River,” Mr. Sidhu said. “After careful consideration of this bill’s contents, I am convinced it reflects that and I am proud to support it.”
The wild Pacific salmon fishery is crucial to the west coast commercial and recreational sport-fishing fisheries, as well as BC’s tourism industry, employing nearly 50,000 British Columbians between them.
“I support the responsible development of a sustainable aquaculture industry in BC and Canada,” Mr. Sidhu said. “Over time I hope the industry continues to develop more financially viable closed and land-based recirculating aquaculture systems which could provide opportunities for economic development here in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon.”
Supporting the conservation and sustainability of B.C.’s wild Pacific salmon remains a key goal for Mr. Sidhu’s office, and he pledged to further follow up on the Cohen Commission’s recommendations, whose measures are backed by the federal government’s new $1.5 billion investment in ocean sciences announced in budget 2016. These measures include hiring new biologists, oceanographers and technicians to conserve and protect wild salmon.
“The importance of wild Pacific salmon to B.C. First Nations, the commercial fishery and recreational sport fishing enthusiasts cannot be overstated,” Sidhu said. “Supporting Bill C-228 was the right choice for my constituents and for the wellbeing of the Fraser River salmon fishery.”
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