Letter to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard CanadaAs you will appreciate, without the DFO presence in our area, protection of the marine life and enforcement is difficult and overfishing can go undetected.
Earlier this month, our MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones participated in a Chamber of Commerce question and answer period in Madeira Park.
Our directors Dale Jackson and Suzan Essiembre attended this meeting and submitted, on behalf of the Society, a thank you that she is asking the Minister to restore a DFO presence and they gave her important information about the DFO office located in Madeira Park. The premises were specifically built to DFO specifications and occupied by DFO officers for 35 years.
We ask that you please send a letter to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard Canada asking him to bring back a DFO officer to the Sunshine Coast so that our marine ecosystems can sustain us now and for future generations.
You may wish to know that we also display the contact information on our website should you or others observe and/or record suspected violations. We encourage you all to report suspicions as this all helps to protect our fisheries for everyone.
To report conflict with wildlife, poachers or polluters, please call the Conservation Office 24 hour hotline 1-877-952-7277. All reports can be made anonymously.
Report a violation online
Use this form to report known or suspected violations of fisheries, wildlife, or environmental protection laws, except salmon-related violations which should be reported to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) at 1-800-465-4336.
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To the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and Coast Guard Canada,
Everyone enjoys our oceans and rivers and we are all concerned about, and rely on the quality of water and our marine life. We all agree that the general public is not adequately trained to police or protect our coastal waterways. Here on the Sunshine Coast of BC we need the expertise and knowledge of a DFO officer on a daily basis to patrol our waters and enforce the fishery rules and regulations. Because of this lack of enforcement and daily monitoring, the Sunshine Coast has become known throughout the region as a “Poachers Paradise”.
There is a building here in Pender Harbour /Madeira Park VON 2HO specifically built to DFO specifications and occupied by DFO officers for 35 years. Pamela Goldsmith-Jones recently toured this building and was impressed by the facility which is ready and waiting here.
I sincerely urge you to bring back a DFO officer to Madeira Park so that our marine ecosystems can sustain us now and for future generations.
Thank you for your consideration,