06-Changes to Canada’s fisheries law alarm biologists

In 2012, Canada enacted the Fisheries Act that stripped away the protection over freshwater species. The law to protect the fish began in 1868 and protected all fish and their habitat. It now restricts the protections over fish that are “part of the commercial, recreational, or aboriginal fishery and only against serious harm.” (Clifton) About 80% of Canada’s fish are at risk of extinction. This could effect fish in the United States as well.


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