Fin in the House: Presenting a petition to reduce impacts on endangered sturgeon

Mr. Fin Donnelly (Port Moody—Coquitlam, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to table an electronic petition with 2,657 signatures. The petitioners are concerned about the impact gillnets are having on sturgeon. They call on the government to encourage, implement and promote alternative sustainable salmon harvesting techniques that will reduce impact on salmon stocks of concern, and reduce and eliminate sturgeon bycatch and their subsequent physical damage and mortality; provide funding to research and implement sustainable fish harvesting technologies such as fish wheels, fish traps and fish-safe seines; adopt policies and regulations that require gillnets to be fully attended and monitored during entire gillnet soak time, while this transition phase of implementation will take time; and ban all nighttime gillnet use.

    I would like to conclude by congratulating Kevin Estrada from the Sturgeon Slayers in Chilliwack, British Columbia, for his hard work on this important petition campaign.