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e-4919 (Fisheries)

Initiated by Chris Tucker from Port Renfrew, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

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

  • Closing the recreational fishery endangers Port Renfrew's economy, threatening over 100 small business owners’ livelihoods;
  • Current proposals and static closures by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) overlook pertinent research, showing minimal environmental benefits for the Southern Resident Killer Whales (SRKW);
  • No supporting data for the efficacy of static closures has been provided by the DFO, while many communities economy's faces severe impacts;
  • Viable alternatives, like expanding "mobile avoidance zones" around these whales, offer less economic disruption and potential increased environmental benefits;
  • Studies highlight the abundance of Chinook Salmon, SRKW's primary food, often exceeding DFO targets, undermining the rationale for recreational fishery limitations;
  • Critical threats to SRKW, such as pollution and large shipping vessel traffic, remain under addressed compared to the focus on recreational fishing;
  • Port Renfrew’s significant economic contribution, backed by community and the Pacheedaht First Nation, underscores the need for sensible conservation efforts; and
  • Advocating for a shift from arbitrary, punitive regulations to informed, evidence-based policies that ensure SRKW protection without compromising small communities economic stability and future planning.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to adopt science-based regulations that recognize the marginal impact of recreational fishery on the Southern Resident Killer Whales, do not require closures to recreational fishing and supports a conservation minded approach. What we want is Thriving Orcas, Thriving Oceans, and Thriving Communities for many generations to come.
Open for signature
April 10, 2024, at 11:40 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 10, 2024, at 11:40 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford)
May 24, 2024 (Petition No. 441-02482)
Photo - Alistair MacGregor
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia