Immediate action will save sockeye

NANAIMO: Less red tape from federal government will make a difference for wild salmon.

To the Editor,

Hopefully Prime Minister Stephen Harper is familiar with the expression ‘fish or cut bait.’

Now that Justice Bruce Cohen has laid out 75 recommendations to help protect the Fraser River sockeye, I wonder what he is going to do.

Will Harper get busy and implement the recommendations or fritter away more time hoping the problem solves itself?

The first thing he should do, assuming he really is interested in saving the wild salmon stocks, is get the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans out of the business of promoting B.C. fish farms.

In case he is not familiar with the expression ‘conflict of interest’, (and some of his previous actions indicate he is not) here’s what it means: a situation in which a person has a duty to more than one person or organization, but cannot do justice to the actual or potentially adverse interests of both parties.

I know Harper is familiar with the expression ‘cutting red tape.’

If his government cuts more red tape and cuts fewer DFO jobs, perhaps they will be able to expedite Cohen’s recommendations and save the wild sockeye salmon before it’s too late.

Lloyd Atkins

Vernon

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