Fisheries Act changes lift restrictions on some waterways

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Author: Margo McDiarmid

The federal government will no longer protect all waterways that may contain fish, under proposed changes to the federal Fisheries Act.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May expressed concern in a press release Tuesday that the federal government’s protection of ecosystems is at risk with these changes.

“As the Fisheries Act reads now, any water inhabited by fish and any habitat used by fish require federal protection. Now the Minister has proposed a fundamental weakening of the Act by changing the meaning of the word ‘fish,'” said May in the statement.

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