I call this meeting to order.
Welcome to meeting number 24 of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. Pursuant to Standing Order 108(2) and the motion adopted on October 19, 2020, the committee is meeting for its study on the state of the Pacific salmon.
Today's meeting is taking place in a hybrid format, pursuant to the House order of January 25. Therefore, members can attend in person in the room or remotely using the Zoom application. The proceedings will be made available via the House of Commons website, and just so you are aware, the webcast will always show the person speaking rather than the entire committee.
Given the ongoing pandemic situation, and in light of the recommendations from health authorities and the directive of the Board of Internal Economy on January 28, to remain healthy and safe, all those attending the meeting in person are to maintain two meters of physical distancing and must wear a non-medical mask when circulating in the room. It is highly recommended that the mask be worn at all times, including when seated. You must also maintain proper hand hygiene by using the hand sanitizer provided at the room's entrance. As the chair, I will be enforcing these measures for the duration of the meeting. I thank members in advance for their co-operation.
For those participating virtually, I would like to outline a few rules to follow.
Members and witnesses may speak in the official language of their choice. Interpretation services are available for this meeting. You have the choice at the bottom of your screen of the floor English or French. With the latest Zoom version, you may now speak in the language of your choice without the need to select the corresponding language channel. You will also notice that the platform's “raise hand” feature is now in a more easily accessible location on the main toolbar, should you wish to speak or alert the chair.
For members participating in person.... I don't believe we have any doing that today, so I won't go through this, but between me and the clerk, we will try to maintain a proper speaking order as we go through.
As a reminder, all comments by members and witnesses should be addressed through the chair. When you are not speaking, your mike should be on mute. During questioning, it would be great if members could identify the witness they're posing a question to, because sometimes it is a bit confusing to know who should answer.
With us here today we have Robert Hauknes and Brian Riddell, as individuals, and Josh Temple from the Coastal Restoration Society.
Mr. Hauknes, you have five minutes or less.