Weston must bring good news to Rupert tomorrow

PRINCE RUPERT West Vancouver Conservative MP John Weston’s scheduled infrastructure announcement in Prince Rupert tomorrow must contain serious proposals to improve crippled North Coast fisheries, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said today.

“I’m pleased the Conservatives chose to send Mr. Weston for this announcement,” says Cullen, “It is appropriate that a member of the parliamentary Fisheries Committee (Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans) get a preview of the North Coast.”

Cullen says it is outrageous the federal call earlier this month for a judicial review of the decline on Fraser River sockeye did not include the crisis on the Skeena River.  The Skeena, the second largest salmon producing river in BC, saw zero sockeye salmon openings in 2009.

Cullen points to local efforts to be heard by the Fisheries Minister or Fisheries Committee. “Since the first indications of this poor Skeena sockeye return, First Nations and local government leaders, along with commercial salmon fishermen, have been requesting an audience with the Fisheries Committee in BC.”

Cullen is offering to help. “I would be very happy to provide Mr. Weston with names and contact information for people who could provide his committee with information required for wise recommendations on fish policy.”