The Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans is in the process of reviewing changes that were made to the Fisheries Act by the previous government.
Prior to the rollbacks to environmental laws, the Fisheries Act was one of the strongest legal tools for water protection in Canada and pivotal to Waterkeeper's work in protecting fish and fish habitat. It goes without saying that Waterkeeper's President and Vice President, Mark Mattson and Krystyn Tully, are delighted to present to the Standing Committee, highlighting our concerns with the current legislation.
In addition to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, the Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters Federation, the Mining Association of Canada, and the World Wildlife Fund-Canada are also scheduled to present on November 14.
After studying and reviewing the scope of application of the Fisheries Act, the Standing Committee will provide its recommendations in a report to the House by February 28, 2017.