An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (selective fishing programs)

This bill was last introduced in the 43rd Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2021.


Mark Strahl  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of May 26, 2021
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Fisheries Act to authorize the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to establish selective fishing programs to allow for the conservation of any species of fish that is at risk of overexploitation and to promote the fishing of species of which there are healthy stocks.


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Fisheries ActRoutine Proceedings

May 26th, 2021 / 4:10 p.m.
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Mark Strahl Conservative Chilliwack—Hope, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-297, An Act to amend the Fisheries Act (selective fishing programs).

Madam Speaker, it is an honour to introduce my private member's bill, the selective fisheries bill, which would provide more opportunities for public selective fisheries in my riding of Chilliwack—Hope and across the country.

Vulnerable salmon stocks need to be protected and conservation is the number one priority, but it is possible to protect certain species of salmon with low numbers and allow public selective fisheries for plentiful species at the same time.

My bill, through an amendment to the Fisheries Act, gives the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard the power to do just that. The bill also allows the minister to increase the number of hatchery-raised salmon that have their adipose fins clipped, which would allow them to be easily identified and retained as hatchery fish during public fishery openings.

I am asking all members of Parliament to support my bill and support responsible selective fishing opportunities in Canada.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)