Following is a Powell River City Council Resolution for Submission to 2016 Union of BC Municipalitites Convention regarding Herring Recovery Plan. Referred from Committee of the Whole, May 3, 2016.
That the following resolution be submitted to the UBCM (Union of British Columbia Municipalities).
Whereas Fisheries and Oceans Canada has initiated a 2016 commercial herring fishery and roe herring harvest in the Salish Sea; and
Whereas a previous moratorium on the commercial fishing of herring in the late 1960s resulted in significant recovery of herring populations;
Now Therefore be it resolved that the Union of BC Municipalities call upon Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to direct the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to initiate a process to develop a West Coast Herring Recovery Plan, with local communities, First Nations, independent scientists and naturalists.
Be it also resolved that a moratorium on all commercial fishing of herring be instituted immediately until populations recover to the level decided upon by the Herring Recovery Plan.
This recommendation went before Council on Thursday, May 19. 2016.