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Labour and First Nations groups call for federal disaster relief for West Coast salmon fishery – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on September 10, 201979 Views

Labour and First Nation representatives on Monday called for federal disaster relief for the West Coast salmon fishery, saying low returns are hurting communities and fishing-dependent workers from Northern B.C. to the Lower Mainland.

As well as wanting immediate relief for struggling workers, the groups called on the federal government to develop a long-term strategy to conserve wild salmon in the face of climate change, which they described as a dire and growing threat to the species.

“For the last few years, the climate has wreaked havoc on the wildlife and the fish,” said Henry Clifton, a spokesman for the Native Brotherhood of B.C., which represents fishermen and shoreworkers in the province.

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