Mr. Ted Miller (Nanaimo-Alberni):
Mr. Speaker, this morning I received a telegram from the Mayor of Ucluelet, a community in my riding which is dependent upon the fishing industry and tourism. He asked me, on behalf of the community, to do everything I can to stop the proposed Pacific salmon fisheries legislation from passing before his community and others have an opportunity to assess the impact. It is clear to Mayor Larson, and it is clear to me, that the impact will be devastating. The proposals outlined in the draft legislation to restructure the Pacific fishery would wreak havoc on the West Coast. Coastal communities sense this, and so do fishermen. Yesterday some 1,500 fishermen tied up their boats in Port Alberni as a demonstration against the Government's proposals and its inability to manage the West Coast fishery.
Fishermen, coastal communities, native leaders, and all others in B.C. who are concerned about the future of our salmon stocks, are angry that the Government's proposals do not address in any substantial way any measures to increase salmon stocks. This proposed legislation does little more than ensure the financial ruin of fishermen.
If the Government continues with its present approach, it will lead not only to the gutting of the commercial fleet and the loss of thousands of jobs, but it will also lead to the eventual closure of the sports fishery and have serious impact
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on the native food fishery. Many coastal communities may not be able to survive. If the Government is serious about conservation and restoration of our salmon stocks, it should introduce buy-back legislation which is acceptable to most, and allow the rest of its proposals adequate scrutiny, as is being demanded.
Subtopic: OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED PACIFIC FISHERY LEGISLATION