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e-3343 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Emily Orr from Powell River, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

  • The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) mandate includes promoting the stability and economic viability of fishing operations;
  • DFO has recently re-interpreted the existing fishery regulations to assert that a tub of frozen-at-sea spot prawn tails no longer meets their requirement that fish are ‘readily determined’ for inspection purposes;
  • No clear reason has been provided for the re-interpretation, and no means for compliance for tubs of prawn frozen at sea has been provided;
  • The practice of freezing-at-sea spot prawn tails in tubs has been ongoing for 50 years without incident or concern;
  • Prawn size limits are a market issue, not a conservation issue, and there is no minimum prawn size regulations for recreational or for food, social and ceremonial (FSC) harvest;
  • The commercial prawn fishery in British Columbia (BC) has been consistently recognized, both internally by DFO and externally by third party assessment, as a sustainable fishery;
  • By preventing fishermen from the practice of freezing-at-sea prawn tails, which is the primary format for domestic sales, the DFO is effectively forcing the freezing vessels to create an export-only product;
  • This sudden change will decrease the stability and economic viability of prawn fishing operations, fishing families, coastal economies and restaurants; and
  • This reinterpretation will increase the export of BC prawns and weaken local food security.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada,, call upon the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard to require the Pacific Region enforcement and management personnel to develop a process or procedure that will permit the continued practice of freezing-at-sea prawn tails in tubs.
Open for signature
April 20, 2021, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 19, 2021, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River)
June 23, 2021 (Petition No. 432-01243)
Photo - Rachel Blaney
North Island—Powell River
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia