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August 28, 2013
Nathan Cullen said Canada’s Minister for Fisheries and Oceans is as absent as this year’s sockeye salmon run causes closures around B.C.
The Skeena-Bulkey Valley MP slammed Minister Gail Shea for “not being involved” during “a crisis” of record-low sockeye salmon numbers in the Skeena River this year.
“We can’t seem to get their attention at all on what we think is a significant crisis in the fishery, the absence of such an important fish,” Cullen said.
“Just getting some basic response from her office is incredibly difficult. This is no time for her to take vacation. This is a fishery that needs support. Certainly if this was happening on the east coast she would be all over it, but because it’s happening out here it doesn’t seem to be as important. That’s a shame because she’s the federal fisheries minister, not just for one region.”