Fin in the House: Calling on the government to take immediate action to protect & restore Herrling & Carey Islands, the Heart of the Fraser, and the Fraser watershed

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, the Fraser River is one of the greatest wild salmon rivers on the planet.

The stretch of the river from Hope to Mission, known as the Heart of the Fraser, sustains almost 30 species of fish - critical habitat for chinook, chum and pink salmon, and endangered white sturgeon.

Recently, Fisheries and Oceans Canada ordered the owners of Herrling and Carey Islands on the Fraser River to take corrective measures after they allegedly destroyed fish habitat. These islands provide key rearing habitat for millions of juvenile salmon before they migrate to the ocean. These salmon are essential to our economy, ecosystem and west coast way of life. They are also the primary food source for endangered southern resident killer whales. To protect these whales, we must protect and restore Herrling and Carey Islands.

Canadians want their government to take immediate action to protect, conserve and restore these islands, the Heart of the Fraser and the entire Fraser watershed.