One marine protection group says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans isn’t doing enough to help marine life and marine research.
This, despite today’s announcement by the Federal Government’s of a $57-million contribution to try and combat the issue.
Aaron Hill with the Watershed Watch Salmon Society says funding is always welcomed.
But he’s concerned money is being thrown at a problem needing action.
“You need to review it in the larger context of the Federal Government’s dramatic cuts to DFO and Fisheries over the last few years. Their neglect of fisheries management, of science, reductions in enforcement and all of these things.”
Hill says he’d prefer to see the Department of Fisheries and Oceans be more proactive.
“It would be great if DFO would do things like implement recommendations of that judicial inquiry that they spent 37 million dollars of taxpayers’ money on. It would be great if they implement the Wild Salmon Policy which is now a decade old, and is not properly implemented.”
Hill says the government has spent millions of tax dollars on judicial inquiries, and on policies that either aren’t in place – or aren’t being followed properly.