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CPC (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I would also like to move a motion for a study.
Whereas the public fishery in British Columbia contributes $1.1 billion to Canada's economy, and the public fishery and 300,000 angling licence holders provide 9,000 jobs in British Columbia benefiting families, small communities and businesses connected to the public fishery's activities and tourism-related spending, and since 2016, the public fishery in British Columbia has been damaged by closures and restrictions to these fisheries, I move:
That the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans undertake a study of the socio-economic impacts of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans' decision to restrict recreational and commercial fishing for chinook salmon on the south coast of B.C. in 2019 to fully understand the impact of this decision on small businesses and coastal communities;
That, as part of its study, the Committee travel to the west coast to meet with those impacted including small businesses that were affected last year and are observing significant hardship in business for 2020 due to the reduction of opportunities in the public fishery; and
That, as part of its study, the Committee assess measures, including measures other than fisheries management, that could deliver increases in chinook salmon stocks while allowing for access and opportunity for harvesters.
A voice: That's a great motion.
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