This spring, it was my honour to introduce my Private Member’s Bill, C-297, the Selective Fisheries Act, in the House of Commons. If passed, the Bill would provide more opportunities for public selective fisheries and increase the number of marked fish from hatcheries.
Anglers here in Chilliwack—Hope have been asking for a plan to allow for selective fisheries for plentiful species while maintaining the conservation of vulnerable salmon stocks. The Selective Fisheries Act would do just that.
Bill C-297 would authorize the Fisheries Minister to establish selective fishing programs to allow for the conservation of any species of fish that is at risk of overexploitation and to promote the fishing of species of which there are healthy stocks.
The Bill would also expand the number of fish that are marked in our hatcheries to allow recreational anglers to target these fish when authorized to do so.
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