Often, the significance of a decision made by the federal government will quickly become clear: responding to a crisis, a natural disaster or a major world event. Other times, the consequences are less immediate and less obvious, though no less important. This is the situation that Canada finds itself in now as one of its oldest pieces of legislation, the Fisheries Act, is reviewed as part of the government’s mandate to restore lost protections and incorporate modern safeguards into the act. The lasting effects of these changes made may not be felt immediately, but what hangs in the balance is the health of our fish and those who rely on them.
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