The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans was formed this week in Ottawa. The Minister of this department is Gail Shea and her knowledge of fish biology is, umm, shall we say, deficient (follow the link).
Can we rely on the parliamentary committee to make a difference? They are now establishing an agenda for this session’s work. I sent each MP on the committee an email that repeats the story told in the blog entry When gatekeepers hold the gates open.
I asked this:
The video evidence gathered by Alexandra Morton and colleagues demonstrates that commercial factors rank above environmental factors in present day fisheries management. The evidence seems clear, the time to act may have passed but you MPs have a chance to begin needed change. If the current trends continue, the children of our children will walk on lifeless beaches. Will you stand up for nature?
Sound your voice now. Here are the email links to members of the committee:
Damien Gillis‘ new short documentary, “Farmed Salmon Exposed: The Global Reach of the Norwegian Salmon Farming Industry” is now available online