“Up to 80 per cent of fish at risk of extinction wouldn’t be protected, letter to government warns“
Gosh. That’s like, really a shame.
The federal government is sabotaging its own legislated requirement to protect endangered freshwater fish by weakening the Fisheries Act, Canadian scientists say in a letter to be sent to the Harper government Tuesday.
The revisions mean that the majority of freshwater fish and up to 80 per cent of the 71 freshwater species at risk of extinction would lose protection, according to the letter from the 1,000-strong Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) provided exclusively to the Vancouver Sun.
The letter is signed by Dalhousie University professor Jeffrey Hutchings, a current member and former chairman from 2006-10 of the federal government’s main independent advisory body on species at risk, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).