NDP DEMANDS ANSWERS ON WILD SALMON

OTTAWA – Last week, the Federal court ruled in favour of a lawsuit against the Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans’ licensing rules that allow fish farms to transfer diseased fish into open ocean pens.

Yesterday in the House of Commons, NDP Deputy Critic for Fisheries & Oceans Fin Donnelly (New Westminster – Coquitlam) demanded answers from the Minister on the Conservatives’ lack of action to protect wild salmon in British Columbia.

Fin Donnelly:

Mr. Speaker, the Federal Court has ruled that the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not lived up to its responsibility to protect wild salmon. The court found DFO rules failed to prevent diseases from being transferred from fish farms into open ocean, raising the risk of our wild-salmon economy which supports thousands of jobs throughout British Columbia.

Why did the Conservatives leave open regulatory loopholes that put salmon at risk for so long, and when will they finally close them?

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