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Bill C-68: the clock is ticking on a historic opportunity to modernize the Fisheries Act

By Tony Maas and Allen Curry      

In three short months, Parliament will rise, likely for the last time before the fall election. For the sake of fish, and the oceans, rivers, and lakes that support them, let’s pass Bill C-68.

Bill C-68 is critical to protecting fish populations for future generations. Soon to be before the Senate Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans, the legislation introduces some of the most important updates to Canada’s Fisheries Act in half a century, and marks the most significant revamp since the Act was created in 1868, write Tony Maas and Allen Curry. Photograph courtesy Commons Wikipedia

On Canada’s coasts, iconic salmon travel hundreds or even thousands of kilometres between salty oceans and freshwater bodies to complete their life cycles. Perch, pike and pickerel ply the waters of our many marvellous lakes. Sly trout and prehistoric sturgeon lurk in creeks and rushing rivers. Fish—and the waters they call home—are vital to Indigenous cultures and communities, and to the commercial fisheries and angling activities that support local economies across the country. Given their importance, we should be doing everything we can to ensure healthy fish populations.

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