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Current review of Canada’s Fisheries Act provides rare opportunity to set Canada on path to restore abundance

By Josh Laughren, Roger Augustine      

As the federal government considers reforms to Canada’s Fisheries Act and its mandate to incorporate modern safeguards, this is the significant decision that must be made. Let’s choose abundance.

Canada's federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc, pictured on the Hill. The current review of Canada’s Fisheries Act provides a rare opportunity to set Canada on a path to restore abundance in our oceans by fulfilling the legal duty to rebuild depleted stocks. The Hill Times photograph Jake Wright

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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