Freshwater Conservation planning

Joint Briefing - Modernizing the Fisheries Act - May 2017


Abstract

Following the June 2016 release of the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans Report and Recommendations, Minister LeBlanc requested a meeting with a group of ENGOs, including WCS Canada, for input in advance of the drafting of a Government Response. WCS Canada co-led the creation of a briefing document for the Minister and Staff, outlining key points of ENGO consensus for Fisheries Act amendments and modernization. The brief suggested four necessary outcomes of a revitalized fisheries act, including 1. Measurable improvements in fish habitat, 2. Fish stocks that are recovering and sustained long-term, 3. Resources and capacity for effective implementation, and 4. Transparent decision-making and information sharing. The brief then detailed five recommendations for Act modernizations and related initiatives to support these outcomes, including 1. Make sustainability the foundation, 2. Restore and strengthen habitat protections, 3. Improve governance and decision making, 4. Increase resources and capacity for administration, implementation, and enforcement, and 5. Include a legal requirement to rebuild fish stocks.

Recommended citation

(2017). Joint Briefing - Modernizing the Fisheries Act - May 2017. WCS Canada. https://wcscanada.org/resources/joint-briefing-modernizing-the-fisheries-act-may-2017/

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