Cariboo North candidates discuss fisheries

The fourth set of questions the Tribune asked the candidates running in the provincial election is:

  • May. 8, 2013 8:00 p.m.

The fourth set of questions the Tribune asked the candidates running in the provincial election is about their stance on health care, environment, fisheries and jobs:

The Fraser River and its tributaries run by our doorsteps.

What measures are needed to protect and enhance dwindling wild salmon stocks in B.C.?

What is your position on fish farms being located in wild salmon migration routes?

Answers are as follows:

The Fraser River and its tributaries run by our doorsteps. What measures are needed to protect and enhance dwindling wild salmon stocks in B.C.?

What is your position on fish farms being located in wild salmon migration routes?

Bob Simpson, Independent, Cariboo North

The recommendations of the Cohen Inquiry must be fully implemented, immediately.

We also need to restore federal and provincial funding to wild salmon habitat and species rehabilitation projects in all of BC’s watersheds, especially the Fraser. Applications for additional industry and municipal effluent flow into the Fraser must be subject to a cumulative impact assessment and the overall effluent discharge into the Fraser reduced over the next decade.

The government must assist fish farms to invest in closed-containment systems, preferably on land.

The rest of the world is moving in this direction and the market is beginning to demand closed-containment certification, so B.C. must move in this direction as quickly as possible.

Duncan Barnett, New Democratic Party, Cariboo North

My experience as a Fraser Basin Council regional co-ordinator and director taught me a lot about watersheds, fisheries and the importance of habitat protection.

The Horsefly and Quesnel Rivers are some of the most important salmon spawning habitats and runs in British Columbia.

We need to ensure that we protect habitat and apply the precautionary principle.

The Cohen Commission on the Decline of Fraser River Sockeye put forward several recommendations, and the NDP has committed to implementing those that fall under provincial jurisdiction, including siting of open-net fish farms.

We support sustainable aquaculture, and there are major innovations being made in closed containment systems which would be a positive step.

We can take several practical steps now to improve the outcome for salmon, like modernizing the Water Act and banning cosmetic pesticides, which the NDP has committed to do if we form government.

We also need to address hydrological changes in watersheds due to the impact of beetles and climate change on our forests.

Coralee Oakes, Liberal Party, Cariboo North

Our government is committed to maintaining healthy populations of wild salmon for the environmental, cultural and economic contributions they make to British Columbia.

The Cohen Commission report on Fraser River sockeye released last fall contained eight recommendations directed at the provincial government, covering issues like pesticide management, oil spill response, water sustainability, environmental monitoring and riparian zone management.

Our government accepted all eight of those recommendations.

We have also accepted the recommendation to freeze new salmon farm tenures in the Discovery Islands – which are near wild salmon migration routes – and we will work with the aquaculture industry, the federal government, and First Nations to further study and analyze the siting and impacts of aquaculture.

In our platform we have also announced that we will be directing all revenues from fishing licenses to be provided to the Freshwater Fisheries Society for conservation activities by 2015/16.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Commercial tenants at the Williams Lake Regional Airport have been granted an additional six-month rent reprieve. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Continuing rent relief for Williams Lake Airport tenants considered

City council discussed the option during a committee of the whole meeting

The Grade 2 class of 150 Mile House Elementary attended Cariboo Memorial Hospital with teacher Kirsty Bowers to deliver “kindness” bags full of small gifts to housekeeping staff. (Rebecca Dyok photo)
150 Mile House students deliver gift bags showing appreciation for hospital staff

Students begin Monday morning with a bus trip to Cariboo Memorial Hospital

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health reports 16 new COVID-19 cases

423 cases remain active in the region

The RCMP arrest one of the suspects on Highway 97 courtesy of cell phone footage shot by a bystander. (April Thomas photo)
UPDATE: Two suspects arrested after multi-jurisdictional chase

A half dozen police cars were seen heading north on Highway 97

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Older rental apartments are prime candidates for renovations, and could result in lost affordable housing stock. (Zoë Ducklow photo)
B.C.’s renoviction overhaul a good start, but won’t preserve affordable stock, lawyer says

And still no protection for people who can’t pay rent due to COVID-19

Kamloops This Week
Cause of Kamloops landfill fire may never be known

Fire investigators are dealing with too much destruction in too large an area

(Photo by Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
B.C. WHL teams to hit the ice with Kelowna, Kamloops hub cities

Kelowna, Kamloops centres chosen to host B.C. WHL teams for 24-game regular season

The machines are akin to ATMs and allow drug users at risk of overdose to get hydromorphone pills dispensed to them after their palm has been scanned to identify its unique vein pattern. (CANADIAN PRESS)
Feds dole out $3.5M for ‘vending machines’ to dispense safer opioids in B.C.

The machines are located in four cities across Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria

Kelowna’s lakefront visitor centre is one of 130 around the province. Tourism businesses have been hardest hit by COVID-19 restrictions on travel. (Destination B.C.)
Tourism, small business getting COVID-19 help, B.C. minister says

$300M grant program has delivered $50 million so far

The incident happened in downtown Castlegar. Photo: Betsy Kline
Castlegar teen recounts stabbing after stranger breaks into grandmother’s house

The unnamed teen survived a terrifying attack Feb. 21

Most Read