Dismantle the DFO, say conservationists

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B.C. Wildlife Federation calls for the Fisheries and Oceans Canada to be “independently reviewed and rebuilt”.

A conservation group is calling for a total reform of the DFO, the Canadian Government’s department responsible for fishing and aquaculture.

Vancouver Sun reports that the B.C. Wildlife Federation, BC’s largest and oldest conservation organisation, (consisting of over 50,000 members & 100 Clubs), is calling for fundamental change in the management of salmon fisheries in Pacific Canada.

Bill Bosch. PHOTO: CWF

The DFO issues aquaculture licences for all salmon farms in BC, Canada’s largest fish farming province.

Federation president Bill Bosch addressed Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan that the DFO should be “independently reviewed and rebuilt”.

“In dismantling DFO, you need to set objectives for salmon recovery and ensure that (DFO) follows the science,” said Jesse Zeman, spokesman for the BSWF.

“With DFO, it’s fisheries first, conservation second. They’ve got the order backwards,” added Zeman.