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Dear Gerald,

Thank you for sharing your concerns about the depleting numbers of our wild salmon.

I have committed my life to the protection of wild salmon and our water ways.   Before stepping into the political arena as a City Councillor, I twice swam the 1400 km length of the Fraser River to bring attention to the impact on salmon and salmon habitat. On a personal note, I have also been a vegetarian for almost two decades.

After this summer’s devastatingly low return of Fraser River sockeye salmon, I called for a public, independent judicial inquiry to determine the cause of the collapse.  We were successful in securing this inquiry, which is a major step forward for salmon protection, but we cannot stop there. In my first speech in the House of Commons, I took the opportunity to talk about the relationship our community has to the Fraser River and it’s salmon. I called on the government to phase out open-net fish farms and move to closed containment; to immediately move existing fish farms away from important wild salmon migration routes; and to invest in habitat protection and salmon enhancement programs to protect our wild salmon.

A copy of my first speech in the House of Commons can be found on my website at http://www.findonnelly.ca/node/152

Thank you again for taking the time to share your concerns with me.  As the new Fisheries and Oceans critic for the NDP, I look forward to working with you on protecting our salmon and building a sustainable Canadian fishery where this incredible animal is protected for generations to come.

Sincerely,

Fin Donnelly - Member of Parliament New Westminister, Coquitlam &Port Moody

The above is Mr. Donnelly's response to Saving Our Salmon



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The Inquiry into the decline of the Fraser River Sockeye fishery was a hopeful sign that the federal government placed a high priority on correcting problems in the management of the fishery.

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As the Fish Farm "policy" of both governments fast disintegrates I think you'll agree that this is an extremely important letter and that the governments must listen especially because their concerns about aquaculture and Atlantic salmon fish farms reflect, in my judgment, the views of most British Columbians.
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