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BC First Nations urge federal government to implement Cohen … – Business in Vancouver

The Cohen Commission recommended 75 action points intended to address declining fish stocks after conducting a two-year, $26 million study.

But the First Nations Fisheries Council of BC (FNFC) said that rather than working to protect fisheries,the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has moved from an environmental protection organization to an economic one.

“Continued government actions are eroding the good will of First Nations,” said FNFC executive director Jordan Point.

“With continued budget cuts, loss of science and habitat programs and an increasing focus on economic priorities, it’s apparent to First Nations and to Canadians that the Government of Canada has strayed far away from principles of protection, conservation and sustainability of the resources they are charged with managing.”

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