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Mar 22 2010

e-mail from MP Colin Mayes

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Subject: Salmon Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:24:57 -0400
From: MayesC@parl.gc.ca
To: g_pjudd@telus.net

Ms. Judd,

Thank you for your email concerning the salmon populations in British Columbia.

In my March 5, 2010 ‘MP column’ in the local newspapers in my riding, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, The Honourable Gail Shea, appointed B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen to lead a Commission of Inquiry into the Sockeye Salmon stocks on the Fraser River. The Cohen Commission is tasked to look at a number of matters, including sea lice, aquaculture, the impact of environmental changes along the Fraser River, marine environmental conditions, predators, diseases, water temperature and other factors.

The Cohen Interim Report will be released this coming August 2010, and the Final Report will be released on May 1st, 2011. If you wish to follow the proceedings, please visit cohencommission.ca.

I am happy to share with you that the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans is committed to cooperating with the proceedings. Hearings in the B.C. Supreme Court will start next week on Tuesday March 23rd. Aquaculture, presently, under provincial jurisdiction, will be handed over to the to the Federal Fisheries Department on December 18, 2010.

If you would like to comment on the draft aquaculture regulations for B.C., all Canadians will have the opportunity to do so when the draft regulations are published in the Canada Gazette this coming spring or early summer of 2010.

MP Colin Mayes – Okanagan-Shuswap

MY REPLY

Subject: re: Salmon Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:24:57 -0400 Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 22:58:26 -0700
From: contact@priscillajudd.ca
To: MayesC@parl.gc.ca

Dear Mr.Mayes,
Thank you for your reply to my e-mail concerning the BC natives who have been starving in BC because of the lack of salmon.

If the Cohen Commission is tasked to look at: sea lice, aquaculture, the impact of environmental changes along the Fraser River, marine environmental conditions, predators, diseases, water temperature and other factors…

…then who is responsible for maintaining Canada’s commitment to the native people who are entitled to rely on Salmon that doesn’t exist?

Please send me the name of the department that can deal with a Native food crisis that arises from depleted fish stocks?

Thank you
Priscilla Judd

PS
I would like very much to read the gazette, please send me the exact URL for the publication because we have slow speed dial up and I am limited in my ability to search government websites
thank you

MP COLIN MAYES’ REPLY

Subject: Salmon Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:33:58 -0400
From: MayesC@parl.gc.ca
To: g_pjudd@telus.net
Ms. Judd,

DFO is working in collaboration with First Nations and provinces to monitor salmon stock and make sure the resource is sustainable . The Cohen inquiry was also appointed in that matter and we are waiting to hear their conclusion.

The link to the Canada Gazette is: http://www.gazette.gc.ca/ As stated in my previous email, “…draft regulations to be published in the Canada Gazette this coming spring or early summer 2010.

MP Colin Mayes

MY REPLY

Subject: re: Salmon and Thank You Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:42:01 -0700
From: contact@priscillajudd.ca
To: MayesC@parl.gc.ca
Dear Mr.Mayes,
Thank you very much.

Sincerely
Priscilla Judd

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